If you are feeling anxious, low, stressed or having trouble sleeping, Good Thinking has five clinically validated assessments for you to choose from.
When a mental health difficulty starts to affect you, it can be hard to know what is going on. Even if you are stressed and under pressure, you might think that the right thing to do is to ‘keep calm and carry on’. If you do that, you can start to lose touch with how you are feeling and, when that happens, you can’t easily make changes to improve things.
Many therapies focus on this issue and ask you to think about how you are feeling and acknowledge that to yourself. But even if you do that, it can still be hard to know if you are struggling with something that has become more than ordinary stress.
Mental health problems can creep up on you in a way that is hard to spot. If you’ve had a mental health concern, such as anxiety or depression, in the past, it can be really important to know if your mental health is beginning to suffer again so you can do something that could help stop things from getting worse.
Here at Good Thinking, we provide a range of free online resources to help boost the wellbeing of people across London. Our self-assessments are short online questionnaires that ask you about your thoughts and feelings and assess what support will be most helpful for you to improve your mental wellbeing.
You can use the self-assessments, which are powered by Doctorlink, to:
- Keep track of how you are doing
- Give your mental health a check-up
- Think about the kind of support you might need
- Get personalised advice
If you are struggling, we recommend that you use the self-assessment tool every two weeks – or more often if you are really worried about yourself. It only takes around 15-20 minutes to complete each self-assessment.
There are four short self-assessments and a longer overall self-assessment that covers all four areas:
- Self-assessment – anxiety
- Self-assessment – sleep
- Self-assessment – depression
- Self-assessment – stress
- Overall assessment
The Good Thinking self-assessments are clinically validated and are based on the questions and scales that doctors and therapists use. They are private and secure (no answers are shared with third parties) and updated regularly (Good Thinking users can see the date of the last update).
Depending on your answers, the self-assessment takes you to other areas and may even ask you about your physical health, which could be a cause for why you feel the way you do. At the end, you get a list of any health issues that you should consider and some recommendations that you can download and save.
Currently, our self-assessments not only give advice on any mental health difficulties but include extra questions about COVID-19 symptoms and information about next steps.
The self-assessments cannot completely diagnose anything but will be able to give you some idea if you are struggling with something that deserves more attention.
One important advantage of using Good Thinking is that you can do the self-assessments privately, in your own time and solely for your own benefit. If you choose to do them regularly, you can keep track of how you are. If you are worried about your mental health, the self-assessments can give you trustworthy guidance on what to do next.
You can also complete the self-assessments for someone else if you want to get some understanding about how they are. They may help you to help them if you are concerned about them.
There are so many things to think about at the moment, it can be overwhelming and exhausting. Why not use our self-assessments to give you personalised mental health advice that can help you think about how you are and the kind of support you deserve.