Imagine if screenings for mental health conditions like depression were as routine a part of our healthcare experience as screenings for cholesterol or cancer. Mental health screenings are a simple way to explore mental health and determine whether an issue is short-term and situational or might need the attention of a mental health professional.
Studies show that 75% of mental health conditions begin by age 24, but at the same time, the average delay from when symptoms first appear to beginning treatment is 11 years. And it’s estimated that about 6.7% of Americans experience a major depressive episode each year.
With routine mental health screenings, issues can be detected earlier on when then are easier to treat. Getting the attention and intervention needed early can help reduce the burden of depression and help people better manage their health,
and there are a variety of ways to access screenings.
Take an online screening:
Mental Health America
website there are a variety of free, confidential, anonymous mental health screenings online for depression, anxiety, PTSD, and many other conditions. Keep in mind, these screenings are not a diagnostic instrument, but can help you determine if you need further support. It’s encouraged that you share your results with your physician or healthcare provider for follow up.
Talk to your doctor:
Mental health and physical health are closely related. If you have a primary care physician that you see regularly, they can work with you to be screened, as well as make recommendation for further diagnosis and treatment.
Give us a call:
Contact Jefferson Center at 303-425-0300 and our staff will help direct you to the right resources and professionals to talk with.
Even the most severe cases of depression can be treated, and early treatment also helps lessen long-term disability and prevent years of suffering. Help us normalize the conversation around mental health and mental health screenings by taking a screening of your own, or by reaching out to a friend or loved one to ask how they’ve been doing and to share resources.