The kiosk confronts the stigma that often keeps discussions of mental health behind closed doors. Hosting a kiosk in your community sends the message that mental health deserves to be discussed and treated with due gravity. Hyde County, North Carolina, is one such community offering a mental health kiosk to its members. The county’s Public Health Director, David Howard, described the impact of the kiosk, “It is fantastic to have it out in the open, [it] helps to destigmatize the issues of behavioral health and to bring it on par with people talking freely about their physical health”. Whether the kiosk screens individuals or acts as a conversation piece, it is bringing mental health into the public consciousness and encouraging people to recognize the importance of mental health.
MindKare Behavioral Health Kiosks, are becoming a staple in states such as Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Kiosks are also gaining presence on college campuses. Drexel University installed a kiosk in its recreational facilities in 2015 to bring resources to students. The Associate Dean of Counseling and Health at Drexel reflected on the importance of providing this educational resource to students: “A lot of students come [to the Counseling Center] who just don’t feel right. They may not know what the source is or understand why. Being able to identify the problem is an important first step in getting the right kind of help to feel better”. Increasing access to education on personal mental health may improve help-seeking behaviors, while also demystifying mental health issues.
The kiosk allows mental health to have a physical presence within the community it serves, and is a reminder that mental health should be a top priority and that help is available. If you are interested in learning more about the MindKare Kiosk program please visit our website or email MindKare@MentalHealthScreening.org.