Douglas Jacobs, M.D.
Founder & Medical Director
From that initial National Depression Screening Day in 1990, our programming and reach has expanded dramatically. In addition to National Depression Screening Day in October, we now also have National Alcohol Screening Day in April and the National Eating Disorders Program which is promoted annually during the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week—the last week of February.
In addition to these annual screening events, we have several educational screening programs targeted toward various demographics including teenagers, college students, the general adult population and seniors. Since our founding, thousands of organizations worldwide including hospitals, mental health centers, social service agencies, government agencies, military installations, older adult facilities, primary care clinics, colleges, secondary schools, corporations, and HMO's have utilized our educational and screening programs.
As the next step in the organization's evolution, on May 1, 2018 Screening for Mental Health officially merged with Riverside Community Care, a behavioral healthcare and human services organization. Riverside’s deep roots in community mental healthcare combined with SMH’s innovative use of technology to educate and connect people to services promises to create a powerfully effective and comprehensive new approach diagnosis and treatment of those with mental illness in Massachusetts and beyond.
Screening for Mental Health, in partnership with Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) and the Scattergood Foundation, introduced the nation’s first MindKare kiosk.
Screening for Mental Health Introduces the College SOS program and the College Realize Your Resilience program.
Screening for Mental Health Launches the Signs of Self-Injury Prevention Program.
Congress passes the Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act. It requires that any limits to insurance coverage for mental illness be no more restrictive than those for physical health issues.
Commendation for commitment to mental health education and establishing National Depression Screening Day®, Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives
Screening for Mental Health begins working with the military and launches the Military Pathways program. Screening for Mental Health also launches the SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention program (Middle School).
Screening for Mental Health launches the SOS Booster Program.
Screening for Mental Health launches the CollegeResponse® program for colleges and universities
Screening for Mental Health launches the WorkplaceResponse® program for businesses and the CommunityResponse® program for community organizations.
Screening for Mental Health launches SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program (High School)
Screening for Mental Health launches Comprehensive College Initiative (CCI) (former name for CollegeResponse)
U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health reveals that more than half of Americans struggle with some form of mental illness. Screening for Mental Health launches National Alcohol Screening Day® and Feel Good Bingo®, a program for seniors.
Screening for Mental Health launches National Eating Disorders Screening Program®.
Douglas Jacobs, M.D. with the support of the American Psychiatric Association launches National Depression Screening Day®.
Harry Truman passes the National Mental Health Act, which created the National Institute of Mental Health and allocated government funds towards research into the causes of and treatments for mental illness.