How long does it take to complete the Mental Health Check-up?
Upon first signing onto the Snapclarity platform, clients will be asked to complete a mental health assessment. Approximately 10 to 20 minutes long, the assessment is comprised by a series of questions about personal experiences, thoughts, and feelings.
What is the assessment actually "tapping"?
The Snapclarity assessment looks at mental health from a variety of angles. This includes a look at a client's overall well-being, level of functioning on a day-to-day basis, and symptoms that may lead to distress.
More specifically, the majority of the assessment explores the client's level of risk ("mild", "moderate" or "high") for 13 mental health concerns. These include: generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, mood disorder (or depression), attention deficient hyperactivity disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, intermittent explosive anger disorder, alcohol use disorder, substance use disorder, sleep disorders, and eating disorders.
Does the assessment look at all mental health difficulties?
No. The mental health assessment does not ask about all aspects of people's lives that may be problematic. For example, the assessment doesn't ask about relationship difficulties, grief and bereavement, employment concerns, etc.
If the assessment didn't ask about a client’s particular concern, don't worry. Once the client is matched with a therapist, they will have time to discuss what is most important to them.
What are the benefits of completing the assessment?
There are a number of benefits for completing the mental health assessment.
Overcome barriers to mental health care
Snapclarity believes in making quality mental health care accessible. In order to receive quality care, people first need to have a clear and informed idea of what they may be currently experiencing. Too often people do not receive a comprehensive mental health assessment, and instead, treatment decisions are based on too little information. SnapClarity aims to overcome this barrier by providing clients and therapists with a high quality and informative mental health assessment upfront.
Noticing positive changes in mental health over time
Snapclarity believes in helping people get better. By providing clients and their therapists with the assessment results, both parties will be able to notice any changes in the clients’ mental health. This can help direct the focus of the therapeutic work together.
Gain access to qualified and highly specialized mental health support
Snapclarity wants clients to receive appropriate and highly specialized mental health support. Navigating the mental health system is very stressful and it can be difficult to find the “right” therapist. Snapclarity uses assessment results to match clients with a therapist that specializes in their areas of concern.
What is the Personalized Wellness Strategy?
Upon completing the Snapclarity mental health assessment, clients will be provided with a Personalized Wellness Strategy. The Personalized Wellness Strategy includes the assessment results, as well as potential treatment interventions for each disorder.
How do I interpret the assessment results?
We understand that the results of the mental health assessment are long. We are aiming to find a way to present the results in a more succinct way.
In the meantime, results are broken down into three main sections: Those disorders clients scored "high risk" for, those clients scored "moderate risk" for, and those clients scored "low or mild risk for".
For each specific disorder the questions and clients’ answers are displayed. You may notice that for some disorders there are fewer questions and answers listed in the assessment results. That is because the user likely scored low or moderate risk on that disorder, and as a result, was skipped ahead to the next question set.
It is very common for people to score high risk on at least one disorder. The majority of people will experience symptoms of a mental health concern in their lifetime.
The results are NOT a diagnosis. The questions in the assessment are simply "screeners" that help explore and narrow down the potential difficulties someone is facing. Diagnoses can only be made by a clinical psychologist or physician after an in-depth assessment.
What are the treatment options?
The potential treatment interventions include "Life Interventions", "Psychological Services", and "Medication Strategy/Rx Interventions". These potential treatment interventions are supported by clinical research and are provided to clients to empower them in treatment decision-making.
- The purpose of the "Life Interventions" is to inform clients about every-day activities they can engage in that may help improve their mental health.
- The purpose of "Psychological Services" is to inform clients about what types of psychotherapeutic or counselling approaches are supported by research as being potentially effective for the specific mental health disorder.
- Finally the purpose of the "Medication Strategy/Rx Interventions" is to inform clients of the first-line medications that have shown symptom reduction in clinical research. Medication Strategies/Rx Interventions are provided only when clients have scored high risk for a particular disorder.
It is very important to note, that the treatment options provided as part of Snapclarity Wellness Strategy are in no way prescriptive or exhaustive. Rather, clients should consult their primary health care provider when making decisions about treatment.
Who sees the results of the assessment?
One of the most difficult parts of seeking mental health support is that clients are forced to "re-tell" their story over and over to different providers. Snapclarity aims to remove some of the distress associated with this process.
Snapclarity shares assessment results with the client and their matched therapist. This will provide the therapist with important information upfront in order to avoid redundant questions. Clients have the ability to save, print, and share their assessment results with their other mental health providers so that they remain on the same page when it comes to mental health treatment.