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McLean Hospital is proud to partner with Screening for Mental Health Inc. in an effort to raise awareness and offer free screenings for psychiatric disorders while allowing individuals to connect with the appropriate treatment resources. Similar to many physical illnesses, early recognition and treatment offers the best opportunity for recovery from mental illness.
Screenings are now available at the following link: Online Mental Health Screening
The questionnaire allows individuals to screen themselves, in an anonymous way, for mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders and alcohol use disorders. The online screenings provide an assessment of the user’s mental health, information on whether the user’s results are consistent with a mental health disorder, an overview of signs and symptoms of treatable disorders and help getting access to local treatment options.
A study done in 2009 showed that depression screenings are effective in connecting at-risk individuals with treatment. It showed that 55% of those who completed the screening online and who agreed to take part in a follow-up survey sought depression treatment within three months. More than 700 colleges and over 300 community-based organizations participate, resulting in more than 120,000 screenings each year.
Earlier this month, McLean Hospital recognized National Depression Screening Day on October 9 with a number of activities aimed at increasing awareness about depression and encouraging people who are concerned about depression to talk to a mental health professional.
McLean’s College Mental Health Program teamed up with Active Minds, a national organization founded in 2001 with 200+ chapters worldwide, to host a depression screening for MIT students and staff on October 9. Members of McLean’s College Mental Health Program will be assisting the screening.
As part of the hospital’s effort to use social media to raise awareness and combat the stigma of mental health, McLean hosted its first Twitter chat. Featuring Blaise Aguirre, MD, medical director of 3East, the Twitter chat focused on answering questions about depression, older adult depression, dialectical behavior therapy, suicide prevention and over all general health. “We wanted to provide our Twitter followers with an opportunity to ask questions and engage with us in a fun and informative manner,” explained Scott J. O’Brien, of Public Affairs and Communications. “We received some really thoughtful questions and I hope our followers felt the answers we provided gave them better insights into mental health. We’re already planning our next chat and I hope this is a forum we are able to continue to grow.”