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SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is offering a weeklong series of free depression screenings all over the county.

countyhealth“Clinical depression is a common medical illness suffered by 19 million American adults each year,” San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts said in a statement.  “One in four adults and one in five children in San Diego County suffer from a mental disorder or difficulty in any given year and depression is the most common.”

The County Health Agency is asking people who may be suffering from depression to “check their mood” by taking advantage of the confidential screenings that will be available at more than three dozen locations.

Health professionals say depression is treatable, but estimate 65 percent of depressed people do not look for help.

“The shame and the stigma of seeking help — that it shows, in their mind, weakness.  Maybe the feeling it will impact how they’re treated or how family members and friends will relate to them,” said Alfredo Aguirre with the County Health Agency.

The county has more information online with their services and programs.