There are actions that you can take today to help yourself and your loved one on the path to mental wellness.
- If your loved one has not had a mental health evaluation, you can assist them in taking our Depression and Bipolar Test. This screening tool is based on the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) and the Mood Disorder Questionnaire (MDQ), validated instruments for screening an individual for depression or bipolar disorder. Print out the results and bring them to a medical professional for further evaluation.
- You can also help your loved one get an accurate diagnosis by filling out and printing a Mental Health Family Tree. This tool will aid you in reconstructing your family medical history, a key factor especially when professionals are determining if depression or bipolar disorder may be the correct diagnosis.
- If you want to get an idea of your stress level and resources to help you reduce stress, take our Caregiver Stress Test. The test is based on the Perceived Stress Scale, a validated tool.
- Caregiving for a loved one can be a rewarding experience. It comes with challenges but with the right tools, you can navigate it successfully. In our Building Your Family Caregiver Toolkit, we’ll help you understand the kinds of resources you need to build a robust caregiver toolkit.