With May coming around the corner, Mental Health America of Eastern Carolina is working on educating people about mental health signs and symptoms before they become too severe, or before stage four (#B4Stage4). There are several reasons why it is important to get screened. Screening helps identify potential mental illnesses so you know how to get help.
Many people don’t recognize the symptoms of mental illnesses and therefore don’t seek treatment. The delay for mental disorder identification can be anywhere from 1 to 23 years. Some of the delays for treatments of mental illnesses are:
There are many resources through Mental Health of America to help a person identify symptoms, treatments, and more for their own mental illness, or for the mental illness of a loved one.
Screening only take a few minutes and can help a person identify potential issues while still keeping it anonymous, free and private. Our screening test helps check for symptoms of depression, anxiety, mood disorders and more. All of our screenings include:
From the people who took our screening, 66% scored moderate to severe and from those, over 60% had never been diagnosed. The screenings are so valuable because you can catch the illness at an early stage. It also ends up costing less in the long run, and the results from treatment have a higher success rate.
You’ve taken the screening, gotten your results, now what? After you take the test, a results page will appear. This will give you advice on what different steps to take if you were positive. It is important to remember that this is just a screening and not a diagnosis. Taking the screening results to a healthcare provider who can help identify medication or other helpful treatments is a very important part of the process.
You can also reach out for help by texting MHA to 741741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor 24/7. Some common treatment types are therapy, medication, peer support, community-based services, medicine, and self-care.