Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group will launch a free, anonymous depression screening at www.ppbhg.org on Oct. 8.

The screenings are held in conjunction with Mental Illness Awareness Week and the Heroes in Mental Health Luncheon, also on Oct. 8.

The online screening tool consists of 10 simple questions and is completed in a couple of minutes. Participants who score high are given a local, 24-hour telephone number to speak to a medical professional to get further information about depression and treatment options.

“It’s been a tough year and we know many people aren’t ‘themselves.’ We hope this tool will help those who need it, while encouraging them to recovery,” said President and CEO Morris Roth.

An estimated 15 million people will suffer from major depression this year, said the Alliance on Mental Illness. People become depressed because of several factors: psychological, biological, environmental or genetic.

Journalist and author Eric Weiner is the keynote at the Heroes of Mental Health Luncheon, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. He traveled to the world’s happiest countries before penning The New York Times-bestseller “The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World.”

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Tickets are still available by calling (719) 314-4305.