Community Wellness Through Depression Recovery

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Depression is the leading cause of disability among adults in the United States, affecting an estimated 7% to 10% of adults and 10% to 12% of teens. The etiology is complex and involves biological, psychological, and environmental factors. Left untreated, depression can become chronic, refractory, and a cause of suicide. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening all individuals over 12 years of age, including pregnant and postpartum women. Pharmacists are uniquely positioned in the community to start a conversation addressing mental health stigma, screen for depression, and discuss treatment options. 

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this application-based activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the patient’s perspective of the experience of major depression and suicidality.
  2. Discuss etiology, course, and health outcomes associated with major depression.
  3. Employ effective communication skills to destigmatize depressive symptoms, screen for depression and suicide, and engage patients in treatment to achieve recovery.
  4. Differentiate drug and nondrug treatment options for depression based on effectiveness, tolerability, safety, and convenience.
  5. Formulate an appropriate treatment plan aimed at recovery in a given a case scenario of a patient with depression, co-occurring diagnoses, and medications

Activity type: Application-based

Target Audience: Pharmacists & Pharmacy Technicians

Learning Level: 2

Accreditation Information


The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The following archived webinar is approved for 2.0 contact hour of CPE credit (0.2 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-19-071-H01-P/T

To obtain credit for completing Community Wellness Through Depression Recovery, watch the archived webinar, complete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, complete the evaluation questions, and then CLAIM credit. Participants need to have a valid username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript. 

Initial release date: March 24, 2019

Expiration date: March 24, 2022 


Community Wellness Through Depression Recovery is an archived, online educational activity for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians developed by the American Pharmacists Association.


Julie A. Dopheide, PharmD, BCPP, FASHP, declares receiving honoraria as an advisory board member for Alkermes.

Kelly Gable, PharmD, BCPP, and APhA’s editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. For a complete list of APhA staff disclosures, visit the APhA website at

Conflicts of interest have been resolved through content review by Helen Sairany, BA, PharmD, MBA, BCACP, Director of Content Development & Partnership at the American Pharmacists Association


There is no fee associated with this member only activity as part of the 2019 Home Study on Demand package. 

System Requirements

Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website to view the Technology System Requirements.