A Mental Health Assessment is designed for the purpose of evaluating and building up an accurate picture of an individual’s needs.
The initial process may consist of an intake by a nurse and then a mental health professional. There are a variety of intake formats. The mental health assessment is a combination of assessment tools that are designed to measure behavioral health symptoms and some questions that are commonly geared to an individual’s unique situation.
A professional may ask some of the following questions and utilize what is relevant.
- Mental health symptoms and experiences
- Feelings, thoughts and behavior
- Overall physical health
- Socioeconomics – such as housing and financial circumstances
- Academics, skills, and career achievements
- Social status and family relations
- Cultural, ethnic, sexuality, and gender
- Substance use – such as alcohol or drugs
- Suicide risk screening
Individuals will be given the opportunity to share additional pertinent information about concerns and life challenges. The process is completely confidential and it takes about 90-minutes.
It is a common practice for the mental health professional to discuss a course of action for possible Counseling.