Healing the Mind as well as the Body

Integrated behavioral healthcare for treating the whole person

A holistic view of wellness encompasses mind and body. Healthcare practitioners today understand that the mind/body connection is profound, and that the health of one system can impact all others. However, while challenges to healthcare access exist across the continuum of care, barriers to access for behavioral healthcare are especially pervasive. Delays in treatment can have devastating consequences for patients, their families, and their communities.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, as of 2017 almost 20% of American adults are living with some form of mental illnesses (4.5% with severe mental illness). Mental illnesses can range from depression and anxiety to substance use disorders to psychosis, with a broad spectrum of impacts to patients’ ability to function. With limited access to healthcare, stigmas surrounding mental health issues, inability to afford treatment, and other obstacles, many of these individuals will delay or avoid seeking the assistance that could make their conditions more manageable.

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