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For an introduction & overview of the Depression Project: click here

Please provide feedback through a brief two question survey: click here

Please check back often for updates to the Depression Project: click here 

NCC change package (updated June 2023): click here

If you are having difficulty doing depression screening with your ESRD patients, here are 3 websites you could use. The Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre, the Minnesota Department of Health, and The National Council below have translated the PHQ-9 in several different languages.  Please check out the websites below and see if you find them helpful: 

Depression Resources for Dialysis Providers

Entering clinical depression screenings in EQRS:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:

Dialysis Social Workers - Resources made in partnership with Network 5: Quick bits and Huddle Sheet

Resources sent out in January 2024: 

  • Depression and Suicide Flowchart; adapted from the Ottawa Depression Algorithm. A decision tree to help renal social workers in possible next steps if patient has screened positive for depression.

  • PHQ; Depression screening is required by CMS so social workers should be using a depression screening tool. The GAD-7 screens for anxiety. Anxiety and depression are often seen simultaneously so I have attached both for your review. If the patient screens with high scores on either or both screening tools, then the attached Depression and Suicide Screen Flow Chart is a tool that can be used for possible next steps.

  • Safety Planning Intervention: can be used as a step-by-step guide for the patient interaction processes once the mental health need has been determined.

  • Safety Plan Document

  • SAFE-T-Protocol

  • Stanley-Brown-Safety-Plan

If you have questions, please reach out to the Project Lead: Renae Nelson

Phone: (651) 644-9877 ext. 106