National Depression Screening Day - October
Thu, Oct 5, 2023

National Depression Screening Day

National Depression Screening Day in America is an important event that aims to help those suffering from depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. Approximately 40 million people in the United States are affected by these issues, so the mission of this holiday is to provide support and access to effective treatment.


National Depression Screening Day was established in 1991 based on the basic mental health legislation passed in 1946. For four years prior, the week prior to the holiday was dedicated to mental disorders, and in 2009, the guidelines changed to include adults in primary health care.

Interesting facts

  • Phrases like “Everything will be fine”, “Don’t be sad”, and “Don’t wind yourself up” may not work for those suffering from depression.
  • People with depression may experience a lack of appetite, even if they still find themselves drawn to the refrigerator from time to time.
  • Doing everyday tasks can become difficult when suffering from depression.
  • Insomnia is a common symptom of depression.
  • People with depression often have a negative perception of themselves and may see the mirror as an enemy.

How to take part

Take advantage of the tips and sign up for screening on National Depression Screening Day. Learn to be kind to yourself and help others by talking to them and recommending they contact specialists. Consider volunteering and participating in similar events.

When is National Depression Screening Day celebrated in 2023?

National Depression Screening Day is observed on the Thursday of the first full week in October each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Thursday October 5 2023
Thursday October 10 2024
Thursday October 9 2025
Thursday October 8 2026