A new mental health-screening tool was unveiled in Pamlico County.
The kiosk, the size of a small cubicle, will be housed at the Pamlico Department of Social Services. It’s designed to provide people with access to anonymous screenings for behavioral health disorders including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use and eating disorders. Project coordinator for Trillium Health Bobbie Lowe says people will be able to answer a series of screening questions – in English or Spanish -using the 19-inch touch screen monitor.
“The access point kiosk is not meant to replace treatment. It allows people to take evidence based screening and it can help them get the information to get into treatment. It is really equivalent to a blood pressure machine sitting at your local pharmacy.”
There are 14 community kiosks in eastern North Carolina. Lowe says they’ve had over 2,100 screenings completed online and at access point locations. For more information, go to: https://www.trilliumhealthresources.org/trillium-initiatives/access-point