Survival Service #3 – Behavioral Body

When we “Google it”, how many results come up?             
Making mental health services more accessible:  303,000,000
Making mental health a priority: 128,000,000
How to bring mental health care to rural communities: 168,000,000
Evidence based prevention programs for substance abuse: 29,900,000
School based behavioral health: 193,000,000

We have millions upon millions of articles on how to improve mental health care services and create communities where all family members can seek help when needed. We can provide state-of-the-art behavioral health care in urban and rural centers, for all income levels, designed to acknowledge how different cultures view mental health. We can make care easy to access in schools, community centers, workplaces and online.

We have many forms of behavioral health care that can prevent and treat challenges related to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma. The challenge is ensuring that every level of necessary care is accessible in every community.

If Eric, age 13, is struggling with depression and failing at school, how hard do we want to make it for  him to get him counseling? How difficult do we want to make it for his mom to support him?

Unleashing innovation to fix gaps in behavioral health care services in this sector starts with research.  We have started the work for you. Our 100% Community initiative houses a menu of evidence-based and promising practices to consider implementing in your county. And you have a powerful search engine on your mobile.

Promoting emotional health and providing behavioral health care is as important as ER care for a broken arm. Vital. We won’t be healing and preventing childhood trauma and maltreatment without robust  family centered behavioral healthcare service in every community. Lots of innovative models exist.

Innovations in care focus on countywide collaboration between existing mental health care services and school-based health care. Private and public sector partnerships are strategies to be explored. Prevention can involve all the programs that serve parents, children and youth. We can also look to technology to enhance existing care with web- and app-based coaching, mentoring and support – linking residents to culturally-appropriate care.

Our goal is a seamless system of care, with easy access for all.

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