Mental health screening can save lives, says Mental Health America. Mental health has consequences beyond those we’ve been hearing about in recent media reports on shootings, gun control, military suicides and other public issues. Undiagnosed mental illness affects every part of an individual’s overall health as well.
Mental Health America, (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) provides the only online test that screens for depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and anxiety. The innovative online mood-screening tool is offered in partnership with M3 which created this medically proven checklist for mental health well-being.
Visitors simply need to click on the box in the upper right corner of the Mental Health America home page (http://www.M3Clinician.com), labeled “How’s Your Mood Today” to start the three-minute self-assessment process. The customized assessment provides a score that a person can then share with his or her physician and monitor over time.
People need to be screened because mental health has a significant impact on physical health, including risk factors for chronic illness such as cancer. Undiagnosed and misdiagnosed mental health issues can take several years off a person’s life, sometimes in surprising and unanticipated ways.