Mental Health Screening Tools in Different Languages

Mental Health Screening Tools in Different Languages

Screening tools are commonly used questionnaires that are often used to identify that a person is likely to have a mental illness. Screening tools are not meant to be diagnostic (give a clear diagnosis) but to let a person know that they need to follow up on the concern with a mental health professional. The tools listed below can be done alone, or someone can ask the person the questions.

Each tool has scoring instructions which indicate when the overall score shows that the person is in need of a response to the screen (treatment, referral, crisis response, etc.) There are also work flows that help you decide how to respond to the score.

Brief screeners are designed to be done in less than 5 minutes and are listed here if there is research to show they are valid.

All of the listed tools have been validated in English. Some have been translated into different languages, but not validated (most likely this means that research studies have not been done using the tool in that language).

For current recommendations, policy, coding and billing specific to maternal depression screening in the context of Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC), refer to the C&TC Section of the Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) Provider Manual.

Screening Tools Specifically Developed for Pregnant and Postpartum Women

Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS)

The EPDS is a 10-question self-rating scale that was designed for and originally validated with postpartum women. It has since also been validated for new fathers.

General Mental Health Screening Tools


General Anxiety Disorder Assessment (GAD-7)

The GAD-7 is a seven question self-rating scale that is commonly used in screening for adult anxiety. It is not specific to pregnancy or postpartum. It may be expected that a parent of a newborn will have a certain level of appropriate anxiety. Some providers chose to use raised cut-off scores to account for this.


Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9)

The PHQ-9 is a nine question self-rating scale that is very commonly used in screening for adult depression. It is not specific to pregnancy or postpartum, but it is very often used for postpartum depression screening.

Refugee Mental Health Screening Tools

MDH's Minnesota Refugee Health Screening Manual includes some questions that may also be helpful for assessing mental health needs.

Updated Tuesday, 23-Mar-2021 07:39:37 CDT