If you think that you may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness, sometimes it is hard to know what’s going on or how to talk about it with others. Even if you cannot find the words to describe your feelings, spouses, parents or even friends may notice when something doesn’t seem right. They may also be the ones who help you or someone you care about take the first steps to get help. Though books and the internet can provide a lot of information, they cannot replace a formal assessment by a mental health professional. Nearly all mental health and substance use disorder services are based on the findings of these assessments.
What Are the Benefits of a Mental Health Assessment?
When people begin experiencing symptoms of a mental illness, the first step is to find out what is happening and what can be done about it. The assessment is the beginning of that process. The assessment will help you determine what to do next.
At the appointment a licensed clinician will meet with you or your family member or friend to evaluate their mental health diagnosis and recovery needs. Together, they will create a personalized recovery plan and find services to help them feel better.
Who Is Eligible for a Mental Health Assessment?
Texas residents 18 and older are eligible for a free mental health assessment.
How Do I Get a Mental Health Assessment?
- Contact your local mental health authority or local behavioral health authority.
- Call 2-1-1 and ask for the LMHA or LBHA in your area.