According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1 in 20 Americans  12 years of age and older have reported symptoms of depression. Unfortunately, mental health experts predict the true number is actually higher, since this just includes those who self-report and many individuals aren’t aware they are suffering from depression.

This year’s World Mental Health Day campaign launch focuses on eliminating the stereotypes and stigma that often accompany the topic of mental health. One of the best ways to eliminate the stigma is to seek out support for yourself, or your loved ones. This starts with highlighting common signs of depression, such as:

  • Feeling helpless or hopeless about life on a continual basis.
  • Fluctuating mood swings for little or no reason.
  • Losing, or lacking, joy or interest in things that were once loved.
  • Feeling extremely tired with little to no energy that leads to insomnia or excessive sleeping.
  • Feeling overly anxious.
  • A decrease or increase of eating that leads to unintentional weight loss or weight gain.

If you, or a loved one, are experiencing any of the above signs, it may be depression. Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) recognizes the seriousness of depression, and all mental health issues, and are doing our part to open up the conversation for our patients to get help. We are here to support you!

In addition to offering mental health services at our primary care clinics, we have several behavioral health facilities dedicated to providing counseling and other mental health services. We also  offer a Concentrated Outpatient Mental Health Program and substance abuse services at Hillcrest Family Health Center on Third Avenue, our newest clinic. To help counteract the growing trend of mental health issues among teens, FHCSD recently launched a new program to allow students of San Diego High School to receive counseling services on campus.

Our Mental Health Team can be reached at (619) 515-2338. For more information or to find a location near you, visit our mental health services page.


Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.