New service aims to help identify potential mental health issues

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Wednesday, Trillium Health Resources opened its first mental health screening kiosk in Brunswick County.

Bobbie Lowe, Trillium project coordinator, said the kiosk has a computer with a program called ‘Access Point’ on it. She said the program screens for mental health issues which include substance abuse, depression, PTSD, adolescent depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders and bipolar disorder.

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She said a person would answer various questions and at the end they are given some advice on how to move forward and find resources.

She said it’s not meant to take the place of a clinical diagnosis.

“You can kind of compare the kiosk to a blood pressure machine at your local drug store,” said Lowe. “The blood pressure machine, they’re not there to provide health care but they are there to let you know that you might need to seek health care.”

She said after the screenings people have immediate access to resources. The kiosk also has a phone attached that connects to Trillium.

Lowe said ‘Access Point’ doesn’t take anyone’s personal information and it is totally anonymous.

But you do not have to go to the kiosk to do the screening. The screening is available online. Lowe said it can be accessed on a computer, tablet or cell phone.

Lowe said they hope the kiosk will reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and give people more access to help.

Lowe said the kiosk is the sixth one in Trillium’s network. She said they have a kiosk in Carteret, Dare, Martin, Hyde and Washington Counties.