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Speak Up: Depression

Speak Up: Depression provides downloadable campaign materials in English and Spanish, including a brochure that provides information about depression, questions to ask a doctor or therapist, and advice on how to speak up if you or a loved one needs help.

Speak Up: Depression is part of The Joint Commission's Speak Up™ patient safety program that urges patients to:

Speak up if you have questions or concerns.
Pay attention to the care you get.
Educate yourself about your illness.
Ask a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate (advisor or supporter).
Know what medicines you take and why you take them.

Use a health care organization that has been carefully checked out.
Participate in all decisions about your treatment.

 

Resources for individuals in need of assistance (emergent or otherwise) can be found via the SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator, the Mental Health America's Finding Therapy page, and at MentalHealth.gov (including suicide prevention and a veterans’ crisis line).

Also available is a guide to help families who have a loved one who is suicidal or has made a suicide attempt. It provides information on understanding suicide, warning signs and action steps to take, and how to prevent future attempts and keep your loved one safe.

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