Importance of Mental Health Screenings
Hello Kiira Friend!!
Happy mental health awareness month. We are super excited to be celebrating this month very important observance with you and we are bringing you new and exciting ways to support your mental and emotional wellbeing.
First things first.
What is Mental Health Awareness Month?
Thats a great question! Mental Health Awareness Month is a special health observance that highlights everything around mental and behavioral wellbeing. Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in the U.S. since 1949. Every year during the month of May, people come together to raise awareness about mental health. It is a unique time for us all to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support the millions of people in the U.S. affected by mental illness.
Here are some frequently asked questions and answers.
What is a mental health screening?
What is a mental health screening? A mental health screening is a standard set of questions that a person answers to help a health care provider check for signs of a mental disorder. The questions help the provider learn about a person's mood, thinking, behavior, and memory.
Why is a mental health screening important?
A mental health screening is a way to catch mental health conditions early. If the screening shows signs of a disorder, more testing is usually needed to diagnose a specific mental disorder. Mental disorders are also called mental illnesses, and a mental health screening may be called a "mental illness test" or a "psychology test."
More than half of all Americans will have a mental disorder at some point in their lives. Their symptoms may range from mild to severe. Common mental disorders include:
- Mood disorders, which include depression, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and self-harm.
- Anxiety disorders, which include panic disorder, phobias, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Anxiety is a common disorder in children.
- Eating disorders, which include anorexia and bulimia.
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD is one of the most common mental health disorders in children. It can also continue into adulthood.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Personality disorders.
- Substance use disorders, which include alcohol use disorder and drug use and addiction.
- Psychotic disorders, which include schizophrenia.
These and other mental disorders affect people of all ages, including children. So, there are special mental health screening tests designed for children, teenagers, and older adults.
How long does a mental health screening take?
The assessment will be a brief outline and take approximately 15 minutes. You will be asked a range of questions to help you and your practitioner to understand your current problems and ways forward.
How do I book a Free mental health screening?
As a Kiira member you now have access to free in person mental health screenings. Once you join Kiira You will receive a direct link to book your one ™me free screening.
Am I able to schedule a mental health visit virtually?
Yes, you will be able t schedule either an in person or virtual visit with one of our providers or the same provider after your screening is complete.