get a check-up from the neck up
Over the course of a year, more than 80% of adults with physical ailments sought the care of a physician, but only 40% with mental illnesses sought the help of a mental health professional. Make sure you treat your mental health with the same gravity as your physical health. Start now with a free, anonymous, confidential self-assessment or visit the Reading Hospital MindKare® Kiosk currently located at the Reading Public Library (100 S Fifth Street, Reading, PA).
How does the kiosk work?
The online screening is displayed on a freestanding kiosk with interactive touch screen display. An individual wishing to take a screening selects which category they fall under - patient, community member, or Reading Hospital staff - then selects the topic they are most interested in. He or she will be lead through a brief series of questions. After completing the screening, participants will receive their results and recommendations for next steps (i.e. connect with a healthcare professional).
Why should someone take a screening?
A healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body. That is why we hope patients, guests, and staff will take a screening to get an update on their mental health. The Kiosk will provide individuals with:
- An assessment of their mental health
- Information on whether their mental health is consistent with a mental health disorder
- An overview of the signs and symptoms of treatable mental health disorders
- Resources for quality treatment options
Why are screenings important?
- Fewer than half of those suffering from a mental health disorder actually seek treatment.
- Although 1 in 4 adults in the United States suffers from a diagnosable mental health disorder in a given year, a majority of individuals are deterred from accessing the help they may need because of fear or stigma.
- Screenings provide a quick, anonymous access to information people may need about their mental health.
- The US Preventative Services Task Force and the Institute of Medicine endorsed screening as an early intervention tool for depression in primary care settings. In 2016, the US Preventative Services Task Force recommended all adults aged 18+ routinely screen for depression.
- The earlier a mental illness is recognized, the more likely treatment will be successful.
Who can use the kiosk?
Reading Hospital's MindKare® Kiosk is designed for use by Reading Hospital patients, guests, and staff who are 18 years or older.
Where is the kiosk currently located?
Reading Hospital's MindKare® Kiosk is currently located in the HealthPlex lobby. Throughout the year, the Kiosk will be present at a number of community events. Also, an online version of the screening can be found at http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/readinghospital.