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October 16, 2013
By Ben Sherman, Fort Sill Cannoneer

FORT SILL, Okla. -- October is National Depression Awareness Month, with the theme "The courage to seek help."

The Army is calling on commanders and leaders to inform soldiers, dependents and civilian personnel that depression is treatable, and help decrease the stigma associated with seeking treatment.

"We are trying to raise awareness regarding depression and encourage soldiers and other people to seek help. It involves screening [and] efforts to try and reduce the stigma associated with depression, so people will feel more comfortable about seeking help," said David Dodd, clinical psychologist and deputy director of Fort Sill's Behavioral Health program. "This year's theme, ‘The courage to seek help,’ is good because it does take a fair amount of courage for people to make that initial contact and admit that they are feeling down or discouraged to the point of being depressed."