An Interview With the Minds Behind Connected Mind

Hi there, and thank you for checking out the Shadow’s Edge blog! I’m the community manager for Shadow’s Edge, and I love sharing new resources with our audience whenever I can. We make a lot of really awesome friends at our company, and I wanted to introduce our community to our newest friends at Connected Mind!

Connected Mind is an innovative company in the mental health screening space, and they are doing a lot of really awesome stuff with their work. They made a new mental health screening test that you can take for free online to find out where you are in your mental health journey. In fact, I’ve tested out their mental health screening tool… And I definitely learned some stuff about myself that I was very surprised to learn!

Before we go deeper into that, I wanted to introduce you to a team member from Connected Mind, Peggy Banks.

How long have you been with the company?

Since its inception, about 4 years now.

What is your role?

VP of Community Outreach, but really, whatever needs to be done!

What is your favorite thing about your job?

Helping people, it truly brings tears to my eyes when I hear that Connected Mind helped to save someone from suicide.

Can you give some background on how Connected Mind came to be/started?

Christian Lehinger is our CEO/CTO and he launched a previous company that also screened for mental health. He saw first-hand what happens when people are either misdiagnosed or not diagnosed and wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. We have an amazing team, and I could not be prouder of what we have achieved.

How does a mental health screening work?

Connected Mind started its Screen4Life campaign when COVID hit the US. Free to individuals, it provides an anonymous, secure method to screen your mental health from any device. Only relevant questions are presented, and most will complete the screening within 1-5 minutes. When complete, a risk report is available via your browser, and will show your risk for 6 common mental health conditions, including suicide and self-harm.

Why are screenings important?

Screening your mental health empowers people to take charge of, and advocate for, their own mental health. Many do not realize that underlying mental health concerns can negatively impact their physical health. Your mental health can also change over time based on the demands you are experiencing in your life. Quarterly screening is a great way to remain aware of your mental health status so you can focus on your personal needs before they become a crisis.

Do you have any stories about how Connected Mind has impacted its users?  

We have had doctors reach out to tell us that our app saved a life today! This is impactful for doctors when they first start using it with their patients because primary care clinics do not typically screen for suicide. Oftentimes, when the doctor discusses the screening results with the patient, it is not unusual for the patient to say they would not have said anything to them about their suicide plans.

Individuals who have taken our free screening are relieved that we have removed the guesswork since we simultaneously screen for 6 common conditions. Many current online resources are confusing and difficult to navigate. No one wants to read through and guess what screeners they should take, one-by-one, especially when they are in crisis.

Thank you for reading this blog, and we hope you give the Connected Mind screening tool a try!

You can try out the free and anonymous screening tool by going to Screen4Life.me – maybe you will even be surprised by what you learn about yourself!