Health & Well-Being

We All Have Mental Health

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, so do the associated anxiety, depression, and mental illnesses. For those living in Dallas County, the mental health effects of Covid-19 are just as essential to address as the physical health effects. We may not all have a mental illness, but we all have mental health!

Did you know one in five adults have a mental health condition?

Depression is more than just feeling sad. It is a common concern in seniors and older adults — but it’s not necessarily a normal part of getting older. It is a concern we need to address as soon as we notice possible warning signs.

Warning Signs of Depression

  • A change in mood lasting longer than a couple of weeks.
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness.
  • Fatigue and or sleep changes.
  • Physical problems, such as stomach issues pain you cannot diagnose.
  • Social withdrawal (are you not wanting to check in with your loved ones?).

Risk Factors to Depression

  • Genes: Traits we inherit from our family.
  • Biology: Balance of chemicals in our body.
  • Lifestyle: Poor diet, lack of exercise, and sleep patterns.
  • Environment: Exposure to traumatic events, sudden loss, and/or unsafe communities.

If you or someone you love is experiencing any of the listed signs or identifies with the risk factors, get a depression screening. Mental Health America of Greater Dallas offers access to a free screening tool to help you identify whether it is time to seek help.

Visit to take advantage of free, confidential screening tools today!


Bonnie Cook

Bonnie Cook has more than 20 years of experience working in the field of mental health and has an extensive background in nonprofit management, strategic partnership development, and community development. Cook is a mental health advocate and is on the board of Mental Health America. Her life's mission is to erase the stigma surrounding mental illness. She is making her mental health a priority in 2024.

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