Calgary Counselling Centre releases 2011 National Depression Screening Day results

CALGARY, Nov. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - For the first time, Calgary Counselling Centre is sharing the results from the Oct. 6, 2011 National Depression Screening Day (NDSD). Further evaluation was recommended for 62 per cent of those who took the test, an increase from 55 per cent in 2010.

"The 2011 response rate was three times higher than 2010," says Dr. Robbie Babins-Wagner, CEO. "We believe this increase is due in part to the great work our partners The Calgary Chamber of Commerce, The University of Calgary,  Mount Royal University and private industry - did to raise awareness of the free screening test and in part to the rising number of depression cases in our community."

2011 NDSD data:

  • Females (63 per cent) were more likely than males (60 per cent) to be recommended for further evaluation. However, this gap is smaller than in previous years.

  • At 68 per cent, those who aren't married or who are divorced were more likely to be recommended for evaluation than those who are married.

  • At 77 per cent, those under 20 year old (male or female) were more likely to be recommended for evaluation.

This year, many Calgary businesses stepped up to offer the test to their employees. The Calgary Chamber of Commerce and other community groups (the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University as well as private industry), partnered with CCC to help address depression in our community.

"Approximately 50 per cent of all "work*" participants from the screening test were recommended for evaluation, up from 40 per cent in 2010," says Babins-Wagner. "This is particularly interesting because of its affects for Calgary businesses and the economic performance of our city. The loss of productivity, days of work lost, drug costs, sick days and long term disability due to depression affects a large number of Calgary's workforce."

"With NDSD, we try to reach many people who are high risk for depressive symptoms and encourage them to pursue further evaluation. Getting treatment sooner provides better results and will help stop the long term effects of depression. Every year, NDSD provides a start for people to get help."

One of CCC's main areas of expertise is depression and it is the most sought after treatment at the Centre.  A consistent increase in depression cases is why we offer the online NDSD depression screening, as a free public service during mental health week every October. This year's event was held on Oct. 6, 2011, aligning with the North American screening for Mental Illness.

A full report is available on www.test4depression.com .

*Please note participants identified whether they heard about the screening from their work place, or through another marketing effort.

Calgary Counselling Centre is a registered charitable organization, and the leading research and knowledge-based counselling facility in Canada. Since 1962, the Centre has been committed to providing compassionate, professional and affordable counselling services that help build better lives for Calgarians through positive outcomes. Offering barrier-free services, the Centre is also a recognized leader in the treatment of family violence, depression, eating disorders and self-esteem issues. Through its ongoing research and education programs, the Centre strives to meet the changing needs of our community.

SOURCE Calgary Counselling Centre

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For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact: 

China Marsh, Calgary Counselling Centre (c) 403.818.3085 or (e) china.marsh@calgarycounselling.com

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