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National Depression Screening Day was October 5, 2017!

You keep tabs on your blood pressure, weight, and cholesterol. Why not your emotional well-being? We all could use a check-up from the neck up! That’s why we bring mental health screenings to the community.

We believe in a healthy Philadelphia for everyone. EVERYONE! That means maintaining all types of health—including mental health. And we believe that the best way to promote healthy minds is to encourage all Philadelphians to check in with their feelings from time to time.

National Depression Screening Day (NDSD) is an event we host every year to shatter stigma through encouraging dialogue about mental health and connections to behavioral health resources.

On October 5, 2017, DBHIDS celebrated NDSD at La Colombe from 9am-12pm (Independence Mall, on the patio, corner of 6th and Market) and Jefferson Station from 1pm-4pm (12th and Market Street exit, near Tiffany’s Bakery).  We are grateful for our proud partners hosting screenings.

Acclaimed as Philly Happening’s “Most Happening Outdoor Event” in the annual Happening List competition two years running, National Depression Screening Day (NDSD) seeks to educate, raise awareness, reduce stigma, and connect Philadelphians with mental health screenings and resources.


NDSD Partners

Philadelphia has taken a leading role to ensure mental health screenings are convenient and accessible by conducting free screenings both online and in the community. Check out the map to find a NDSD location near you.

Can’t make it to one of our community events? Take a free screening online now!

Did you know…

  • Each year 42,773 Americans die by suicide
  • 70% of individuals tell someone or give warning signs before taking their own life
  • Suicide rates overall have increased by 24 percent from 1999 to 2014
  • Depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15 to 44
  • Depression affects more than 15 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year.

Some of the most common signs and symptoms of depression include:

  • Changes in sleep and appetite
  • Poor concentration
  • Loss of energy
  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Low self-esteem
  • Hopelessness or guilt
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
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