Interactive Mental Health Assessment Tool ‘Sometimes, All the time, Never’ - North-East Lincolnshire YOS

Age: 10-17
Sex: n/a
Cost: none




  • The tool supports practitioners in completing an in depth mental health assessment on young people and helps identify what the areas for concern are.
  • The information gathered from the tool can then assist in completing a referral into mental health services .



The tool is comprised of 23 question cards that probe around eight key areas:

  • Alcohol misuse
  • Substance misuse
  • Depression
  • Self-harm
  • Anxiety
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Hallucinations
  • Hyperactivity

There is also an answer board that has areas for the young person to answer the questions on the cards as 'sometimes', 'all the time' or 'never'.  The questions invite discussions about their thoughts, feelings and actions. The cards can be used over multiple sessions to complete a full assessment.  An answer sheet allows the information to be documented and repeated if necessary. 

This tool has been reviewed by the Yorkshire and Humberside Regional YOS Nurse's Forum where it had quite positive feedback.




YOT: North-East Lincolnshire Youth Offending Service
Name: Marjorie Payne
Telephone: 01472 325252