How to use the Good Thinking self-assessments to stay on top of your mental health

Last reviewed on 5 October 2020

When we are stressed and under pressure, we often feel the right thing to do is to ‘keep calm and carry on’. If we do that, we can start to lose touch with how we are feeling, and when that happens, we 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 problem 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.

You can use the Good Thinking self-assessments 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

We recommend that you use this tool every two weeks – or more often if you are worried about yourself. It only takes around 15-20 minutes for each self-assessment.

There are four short self-assessments and a longer overall self-assessment, which covers all four areas.

The self-assessments are clinically validated and are based on the questions and scales that doctors and therapists use.

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 coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms and information about next steps, in line with Public Health England guidance.

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, 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 advice that can help you think about how you are and what you might need?

Read our article about how to look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak