Aug. 30, 2017 7:28 am

Here’s a way to check up on your mental health right now

The city's Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual disAbility Services just launched a free online screening tool for those who want to make sure they're doing OK emotionally and mentally.

Mental health.

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The idea of self-care is one that should be more prevalent in all our lives.

Even leaders in our community doing impactful work have expressed the importance of getting and staying emotionally healthy.

It’s why the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) just recently launched an online, anonymous screening tool to help people check their mental health at anytime, in what seems to be a continuing effort from organizations using technology to meet people wherever they are.

Here's what the first questions look like. (Screenshot via HealthyMindsPhilly.com)

Here’s what the first questions look like. (Screenshot via HealthyMindsPhilly.com)

It’s a pretty short and straightforward process: You pick one of eight statements that best describe how you’re thinking or behaving at the moment, answer a set of questions related to that choice, then be redirected to comprehensive explanations about what you may be experiencing as well as resources and information as to steps you can take to address any issues.

You can take the online screening here.

But, of course, answering a few quick questions from a computer or phone isn’t comparable to actually talking with someone, which is why the DBHIDS also lets you find either the next community health screening event or a behavioral health screening kiosk near you where you can do a check up yourself equivalent to getting your blood pressure checked.

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Lastly, here’s a list of accessible resources the DBHIDS website, HealthyMindsPhilly.com, has on hand for those who need it.


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