Feelings of sadness and anxiety are common human experiences, but how can you tell when these typical feelings indicate something more serious going on?

How can you know when drinking or substance use has become a problem?

How can you recognize when it’s time to get help for your child who may be struggling with these issues?

One of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether a person is experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition is to take a mental health screening. Unlike a diagnostic tool, a screening tool is a brief survey that is designed to pick up on symptoms that most likely indicate a need for mental health treatment. Screenings can’t provide a diagnosis, but they can help users know when it’s time to get more help and support.

As part of our mission to connect the community with specialized mental health and wellness resources, provide services that improve quality of life, and promote effective services where mental health needs exist, Mental Health America Middle Tennessee has made screenings for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol and substance abuse, psychosis, and eating disorders available for easy access on the MHAMT website.

After taking any of these screenings, users can be connected to a mental health professional near them to get help. It’s free, and it works! In addition to the screenings and the therapist locator, users can also access basic information on mental health and find other resources and support.

The most important thing we want Middle Tennesseans to know is that mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety are real, common, and treatable. Recovery is possible, and no one should have to face mental illness alone.

If you think you may be dealing with a mental health issue, please don’t wait another day; go to www.mhamt.org and get yourself on the road to recovery.

If you or a loved one are in crisis and need immediate behavioral health services, please access these resources: