The Importance of Behavioral Health Treatment in Our Communities
April 25, 2023
Did you know that 1 in 5 adults are living with major depressive episodes, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, obsessive compulsive disorder, substance abuse, and eating disorders? Did you know that Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide? Despite this the stigma surrounding these illnesses is still present. Because of this stigma, many are reluctant to seek behavioral health therapy. However, going to a therapist for your mental health needs should be just as normal as going to a doctor for your physical health needs. Mental health has even been proven to affect your physical health. There is proof that a person with Depression has a 40% greater risk of developing cardiovascular and metabolic diseases- your physical and mental health go hand-in-hand!
Types of Behavioral Health Services?
Every Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder is unique and requires different forms of treatment and support. Following an intake and assessment interview a Behavioral Health Professional and you will determine what behavioral service best meets your needs.
Behavioral health services include:
Psychiatric Medical Treatment
- A Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has had specialized education and training in psychiatry will examine your mental and overall health, and diagnose mental health disorders.
- Psychiatric medical treatment may involve prescribing medication that can target chemicals in the brain that are responsible for different emotions and thoughts.
- They are not therapists, but may recommend therapy as a part of the treatment plan.
Behavioral Health Therapy
- A therapist, such as a Licensed Master Social Worker or a Licensed Professional Counselor, can assess, diagnose, and treat areas of concern in regards to your mental health. Behavioral health services are provided through: individual, couples/family, and group therapy sessions. Therapies can include: cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectal behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment therapy, and more. Care is determined by a patients’ expressed needs.
- A Patient Navigator can assist patients with: client advocacy, community resource connection, brief interventions, prevention education, and harm reduction.
What are the Benefits of Behavioral Health Therapy?
- Behavioral therapy helps strengthen your ability to problem-solve, and teaches practical coping skills for managing the stress and emotions that are a part of everyday life.
- Behavioral health services offers you a support system. Therapy offers support when you’re dealing with difficult emotions and situations. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners help when you’re in need of medication. A Patient Navigator can assist with helping you find what resources are available to you in your community.
Reduced Symptoms and Improved Health
- Behavioral Health Therapy has been shown to improve mental health over time.
- Behavioral Health Therapy can also help you discover new insights and a new way of viewing and handling incidents in your life that cause you stress or negative thought patterns.
Behavioral Health Services at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital
At Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital we believe in a whole-person approach to healthcare. This includes providing Behavioral Health Services to individuals in distress and in need of emotional and mental health support in Schoolcraft County, and our surrounding areas.
Our Behavioral Health Services are provided by Licensed Therapists and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners in Manistique who altogether have over 40 years of Mental Health and Substance Abuse experience. Our goal is to address mental health needs by providing therapy, medical treatment, coping mechanisms, and support to assist with patients’ needs. We are committed to delivering these Behavioral Health Services in a safe, confidential, and welcoming environment for you and your loved ones.
If you or a loved one have questions or are in need of Behavioral Health Services, please call us at 906-341-3286 to talk with one of our staff.