Public libraries in North Carolina offer self-serve mental health screening
Residents of Camden and Currituck counties in North Carolina can now screen themselves for mental health and substance abuse conditions without having to visit a medical facility, according to The Daily Advance. Kiosks offering the screenings were set up at the public libraries in both counties last week.
The "Access Point" kiosk allows people to anonymously screen themselves for mental health or substance abuse problems. The kiosk, a sit-down booth with an online touchscreen and dedicated phone line, can also connect them to treatment resources.
The kiosk is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act for citizens in wheelchairs or walkers. The touchscreen has a privacy filter to keep all confidential information private.
The program provides questions and information on a variety of topics, including depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, eating disorders, alcohol use and substance abuse.
After a user answers the questions, the screenings provide immediate feedback on how they scored and offers referral information to health care providers. There is also an education section the user can explore to learn additional information.
The kiosks also employ the same screening tools available online, whether by computer or mobile device, at trilliumaccesspoint.org.