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When is this Day celebrated?  July 14th of each calendar year.

What is National Psychologist Appreciation Day?  Psychologists appreciation day is a day to show appreciation to individuals who work as a professional and licensed psychologist. It is a day to say thank you to these professionals in the helping profession for what they have added to the life of so many individuals. This is a holiday to affirm the work they do and acknowledge it’s relevance in our world.

Why is this day being created?  Psychologists are helping individuals be a better version of themselves and cope with life’s struggles every day all around the world. In my place of employment we celebrate all staff on their national/special days. The social workers, nurses, doctors, custodians, and administrative professionals all have national days, but our psychologists do not. In 2021 we began celebrating our psychologists on July 14th which is the birthday of our oldest and longest lasting employee who is a psychologist. His name is Dr. Lonny Meier and he has worked as a clinical psychologist for 40 years beginning in 1981. He is retiring from the VA where he has served veterans as a psychologist for 28.5 years. He is also a veteran and served in the US Navy as a psychologist for 5 years. I once read an anonymous quote that said “A truly great psychologist is hard to find, difficult to part with, and impossible to forget”. So many people feel this way about Dr. Lonny Meier. While Dr. Meier is the motivation to create this national day, I know that many people have psychologists that are making a difference in their life and would love a day to honor them and say thank you as well.

How should this day be observed?  Tell your psychologist how their work has made a difference in your life or the life of others with a note, phone call, card, or in person. Post on social media about the great work of psychologists.

Who created this day?  This day was created by Mileya Storey in 2022.