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Depression can leave people feeling helpless and without hope. Sometimes those feelings pass, but if they linger or persist it is important that they are addressed.  

The first step is to complete a depression screening. Our skilled and caring staff apply evidence-based techniques to get to the root symptoms of the depression, and to determine if there is the potential the person is considering harming themselves.

The assessment also looks at risk factors, such as recent job loss or death of a loved one, and warning signs, like increased substance abuse and research or planning around suicide. Our care team also looks at protective factors – anything that will lessen the likelihood of self-harm. For example, the absence of any firearms in the home, or strong family ties or religious beliefs are indicators that a person may be less likely to attempt suicide. Our care team will also engage you and your support network to develop a plan for increasing resources and strategies to tap into during a time of need to prevent acting out any suicidal thoughts.

Following the assessment and safety planning, a depression treatment plan will be developed. This can include weekly sessions with a therapist or dedicated groups, at-home visits and wellness checks, identifying emergency contacts, engaging family members, friends, clergy or teachers. Additional treatment methods can include a referral to a psychiatrist for medication management.

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Mental health medication management

Just as medication is used for physical health, medication for mental health treatment may be part of a person-centered treatment plan. Medications as part of a treatment plan can help manage symptoms, and help individuals engage and focus on those things that matter most.

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