Robin Williams' death sparking local conversation on depression

Robin Williams' death sparking local conversation on depression
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POSTED: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 9:19pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 3:58pm

In light of the death of actor Robin Williams, a national conversation on the disorder of depression has emerged.

Across the nation, 8 percent of Americans suffer from the disorder.
Yet according to the City of El Paso's Community Health Assessment from June 2013, nearly 20 percent of El Paso adults in 2009 felt stress and depression five or more days a year.

Emergence Health Network, formerly El Paso MHMR, offers resources for those afflicted by depression.

Those services include:

- Crisis Intake and Assessments
- Free and Confidential Mental Health Screenings
- 24 hour, 7 day a week Crisis Intake Unit and Crisis Hotline 915-779-1800
- Early Childhood Intervention for children diagnosed with an IDD.
-Children's and Adolescence Mental Health Program and Services (CHAMPS)
- Military and Veteran Peer Support Groups
- Medication management
- Day Habilitation program for adults with an IDD diagnosis
- Supportive Housing Services for people with an IDD or MH diagnosis.
- Jail Diversion programs for individuals Behavioral Health Issues.

The organization also offers what is called 'Mental Health First Aid' training to the general public, similar leaders say to CPR is for a person with a heart attack.

The eight-hour course helps people, including friends, family, school leaders, professionals and faith communities among others "identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness."

Suicide Prevention Resources

· Toll Free, 24/7 Helpline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

· Local Crisis Hotline: 915-779-1800

· Army Suicide Prevention Program

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