Depression Screening
​National Depression Screening Day

​October 5

National Depression Screening Day, held annually on the Thursday of the first full week in October, is an education and screening event conducted by hospitals, clinics, colleges and community groups nationwide.

The program provides free, anonymous screenings for depression, generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder, as well as referral to treatment resources if warranted. Screenings are held both online and in-person and thousands of people participate each year.

National Depression Screening Day Toolkit:

Depression – Screening Can Be a First Step in Feeling Better

Health screenings provide a quick and easy way to spot the first signs of serious illness and can reach people who might not otherwise seek professional medical advice.  The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all people, starting at age 12, be screened for depression. Screening for depression helps find depression early. 

  • Depression is a disease. It's not caused by personal weakness and is not a character flaw.
  • When a person has depression, chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters are out of balance.
  • Depression causes adults and children to feel sad and hopeless much of the time. It's different from normal feelings of sadness, grief, or low energy.
  • Many times, people are embarrassed by these feelings and say nothing. Depression can be treated, and the sooner the person gets treatment, the better chance for a quick and full recovery.
  • Untreated depression can get worse, cause other health problems, and may last for years or even a lifetime.
  • It can have a serious impact on both, the person with depression and the people their care about.
  • Some diseases can cause symptoms that look like depression. A doctor may do blood tests to help rule out physical problems, such as a low thyroid level or anemia.
  • Symptoms of depression in children and teens can be different from adult symptoms.

If you think you may have symptoms of depression and need help, call your doctor or nurse for guidance or UW Behavioral Health Care Management at (608) 233-3575 or (800) 683-2300.