Mental Health Programs
There is a strong need for better mental health programs in the U.S. Consider these statistics, from the National Alliance on Mental Illness:
• Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. (46.6 million) experiences mental illness in a given year.
• Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. (11.2 million) experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.
• 18.1% of adults in the U.S. have experienced an anxiety disorder such as post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and specific phobias.
• 6.9% of adults in the U.S. have had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
• 50.5% of the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experience a substance abuse disorder also have a co-occurring mental illness.
Yet even with high rates of mental illness, there exists a stigma regarding the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders. It is crucial that care providers work to provide mental health care services that are both inclusive and comprehensive, and that as a society we all help to remove the barriers to treatment that so often leave individuals to suffer in silence.
At Synergy Health Programs, we offer care services for mental health individuals that approach treatment from multiple angles and with multiple therapeutic modalities. The goal is to not only ensure that those with mental illness get access to support that they require, but they their treatment is customized to their unique needs and situation.
Mental Health Care Service
The type of mental health care service that is best suited for an individual depends on a number of factors and should be decided on mutually between a patient and their care provider.
What it is
Inpatient treatment is an intensive mode of treatment that takes place in a hospital or other clinical setting. Patients reside at the setting during their treatment.
Who it’s for
Those who are severely ill and/or those who are undergoing acute symptoms related to their mental illness.
What it is
A therapeutic inpatient program that generally takes place at a designated residential facility.
Who it’s for
Patients who require comprehensive oversight and care but who are stable enough to not be in need of hospital-based inpatient services.
What it is:
A treatment program that includes regular therapy and/or medication support while a patient continues to live at home and attend school or work.
Who it’s for:
Stable, high-functioning patients who are able to follow treatment plans without constant oversight and who are able to manage their day-to-day responsibilities and activities.
Often, an individual may go through two or more of these programs. For example, a patient may attend residential treatment followed by outpatient treatment, or may start with inpatient treatment, move on to residential treatment, and finally end with outpatient treatment. Alternately, some individuals may attend only one type of mental health treatment program.
Mental Health Service Providers
There are various types of service providers who specialize in mental health services. These include:
• Social workers
• Licensed professional counselors
• Nurse practitioners
Individual Counseling Nearby
If you are in need of individual counseling for a diagnosed or suspected mental health disorder, help is available. You can start by reaching out to your general care physician for a referral, or you can do research for mental health providers on your own. Generally, an evaluation will be done in order to determine what type of treatment program is required to best meet your needs, as well as what types of specific treatment modalities will be most helpful on your path to recovery.