(Morrisville, NC) – Alliance Health has launched an online screening tool to help people determine if they or someone they care about should connect with a behavioral health professional. The easy-to-take screening is completely anonymous and confidential, and provides quick results, recommendations for next steps, and valuable resources that can offer help.
Completing a screening at AllianceHealthPlan.org/screening can help an individual understand if their recent thoughts or behaviors may be associated with a common, treatable mental health or substance use issue. Users can choose a screening for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use, or a variety of other concerns, or can take a “wide range screening” if they’re not sure what is at the root of their feelings.
“A web-based screening tool cannot replace assessments from a professional, and the results are not a diagnosis,” points out Alliance Chief Medical Officer Mehul Mankad, M.D. “However, a screening can provide valuable insight to help folks better understand what they or a loved one may be feeling, and where they can reach out for help if needed.”
The screening tool was developed by MindWise Innovations of Dedham, MA to increase prevention through early identification of mental health and substance use issues. With the goal of fostering psychological safety and cultural change, the program helps organizations like Alliance Health prioritize awareness efforts, while maximizing existing investments in community wellness. Over 16 million screens have been taken to date using the MindWise platform.
“The isolation and anxiety of COVID-19 highlights the growing need for more mental health and substance use resources,” said MindWise Senior Vice President Bryan Kohl. “We are firmly committed to providing organizations with a platform to support the behavioral health of their communities – something that’s now more important than ever.”
If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255) or text ACT to 741741. Alliance Health also maintains a toll-free 24/7 Access and Information Line at (800) 510-9132.