National Depression Screening Day

WHAT: The annual National Depression Screening Day (NDSD) aims to raise awareness and screen for depression, anxiety, and related mood disorders. Screenings use validated questionnaires and provide referral information for treatment.

WHERE: Sites for in-person screenings and access to online screenings can be found here.

WHEN: NDSD is annually held on the Thursday of the first full week in October, falling on October 5th of this year. However, in some areas screenings are made available from the beginning of September.

HOW: If a person receives a positive score after completing their screening, referral information to local agencies is provided so they may access additional evaluation and treatment.

WHY: According to Screening For Mental Health, Inc., depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15 to 44. Depression can result in loss of energy, self-esteem, and interest in usual activities, as well as feelings of hopelessness, guilt and suicidal thoughts. This year’s NDSD will focus on suicide preveDepression Screeningntion and how to spot warning signs so we may assist loved ones in getting the help they need.

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