A first-of-its-kind interactive mental health screening kiosk labeled “Checkup. Checkout.” has been installed near a blood-pressure machine and express lanes in a ShopRite grocery store in Philadelphia, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The kiosk, reports the Inquirer, “asks more than a dozen questions on seven themes (‘Feeling sad, empty, hopeless,’ ‘Concerned about my teen’) before giving a response (‘It is likely your child is depressed’).” The print-out, and a follow-up email, give users referrals to nearby mental health services, including to the retail health clinic next door to the ShopRite.
“The more you ask people about mental health problems, the more you find out about the prevalence of them,” Richard Bedrosian, a director of behavioral health for pharmaceutical manufacturer Johnson & Johnson, told the Inquirer.
According to a press release from one of the funders, the Quaker-based Scattergood Foundation, “Wellness at Your Fingertips is a tablet based screening tool used to identify signs and symptoms of common mental health conditions such as Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Eating Disorders, Bi-Polar Disorder and Alcohol misuse. The integration of this tool into a retail clinic will mark the first time in the United States that a retail clinic has begun comprehensive screening for mental health conditions.” Various non-profits and government mental health agencies designed and built the kiosk and will evaluate its impacts, says the press release.
The Inquirer article reports that one study found that 55 percent of the people whose online screening result suggested that they were at risk of depression sought treatment within three months.
Newest supermarket service: Mental health screenings (Philadelphia Inquirer, August 4, 2014)
Check Up, Check Out: ShopRite’s Guide to Wellness (Press Release from Scattergood Foundation, July 24, 2014)