Mental Health Awareness, and the myriad of issues that surround these illnesses, can be daunting. Now, one of the largest drug store chains wants to reach out and help.

Having been touched by mental health issues gripping numerous friends, I can't stress enough that we don't do enough in this country to assist people who suffer with mental illnesses. To that end, I applaud the new effort that Walgreens is launching.

Walgreens is starting mental health screening with the aim of screening three-million Americans for mental illness over the next year-and-a-half.

To do so, they are partnering with the nonprofit Mental Health America. Together, they have created a link at that will help connect people to Mental Health America's Online Screening Program, which offers FREE, scientifically-based online screenings for a number of conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD and others. Customers will have the option to take part in a teleconference appointment with a therapist or psychiatrist through the Walgreens website or mobile app.

In my mind, any initiative that moves us forward in reaching out to anyone suffering with mental health problems is a positive thing. #isupportmentalhealthawareness

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