National Depression Screening Day
Thursday of the first full week in October (since 1991)
Douglas D. Jacobs M.D. in 1990
Hospitals and other organizations, such as corporations, nursing homes, and colleges, host confidential depression and mental health screenings today, in-person and online, and provide referrals and treatment information—if needed—as part of National Depression Screening Day. The day takes place during Mental Illness Awareness Week. It was created in 1990 by Doug Jacobs, M.D., who was an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Harvard Medical School at the time, and it was first held in 1991. Jacobs asked the American Psychiatric Association to declare the day, which they did, and he asked hundreds of medical schools and private psychiatric hospitals to participate. By 1993, depression screening was being offered to 40,000 participants at 1,200 facilities on the day. Over the years, National Depression Screening Day has been sponsored by the American Psychiatric Association, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Mental Health Association, and a number of other mental health organizations.
How to Observe National Depression Screening Day
Take part by getting a mental health and depression screening. Check to see if any are being hosted by a hospital or another organization near you. If you are unable to go somewhere for a mental health screening, check for places to take one online.