In the past year, MHA-A has responded to the call of our community by providing access to 970 individual mental health screenings in the last year. With every screening, individuals are provided the resources and connections to take the first step in building healthier lives.
Getting screened increases the chances of getting treatment. Screening is an anonymous, free and private way to learn about your mental health and if you are showing warning signs of a mental illness.
A screening only takes a few minutes, and after you are finished you will be given information about the next steps you should take based on the results. A screening is not a diagnosis, but it can be a helpful tool for starting a conversation with your doctor or a loved one about your mental health.
When positive screening results were given during a primary care visit, doctors were more than three times more likely to recognize the symptoms of mental illness and to plan to follow up with the patient.
Treatment following screening has been shown to reduce symptoms of mental illness, and the positive effects of treatment are still seen a year later.
The B4Stage4 Philosophy
We need to do more because our community is hurting and crying out for help. Anxiety and depression have increased by over 93% in 2020 and 55% of those who were screened were under the age of 21.
When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don’t wait years to treat them. We start before Stage4 — we begin with prevention. So why don’t we do the same for individuals who are dealing with mental health concerns?
We believe that mental health conditions should be treated long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process, and we’re committed to addressing mental health B4Stage4.
Start with a screening to navigate your unique journey towards support.