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Tips on how to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community

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June’s history as Pride Month spans three presidential administrations, and its evolving official title reflects society’s developing views towards the LGBTQ+ community.

In 1999, President Bill Clinton first declared June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, and later, President Barack Obama changed the title to be more inclusive, naming June as LGBT Pride Month. This year, President Joe Biden has extended the reach even further by declaring June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month.

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COVID-19, behavioral health, and an alarming rise in suicides

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Medical Director Dr. Jessica Chaudhary discusses the connection between COVID-19 and rising suicide rates and what can be done about it.

She also discusses how the pandemic has highlighted the importance of behavioral health to whole-person health.

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Compassionately and effectively responding to behavioral health crisis

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In the last video of our series, Beacon Health Options’ Crisis Solutions Leader Wendy Farmer discusses how behavioral health crises are currently addressed.

She also provides innovative solutions on how we can improve our behavioral health crisis systems.

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Mental health professionals: Remember to take care of yourself

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The stress frontline healthcare workers experienced during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond has been well documented.

However, less well-known is the effect the pandemic is having on a different group of frontline healthcare workers: mental health professionals.

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When substance use and pregnancy collide

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Our third video during May as Mental Health Awareness Month highlights Beacon’s VP Medical Director Dr. Sandrine Pirard.

She discusses the prevalence of substance use disorders in pregnant and postpartum women and what can be done about it.

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Reducing health disparities through culturally competent care

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Beacon’s Associate Director of Behavioral Health Services Dr. Charma Dudley discusses the ways in which disparities in access, awareness and treatment affect behavioral health outcomes for diverse populations.

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Connecting the dots between behavioral health and housing

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Recognizing May is Mental Health Awareness Month, Beacon Health Options produced several videos on pressing issues affecting behavioral health.

In today’s video, Beacon’s Medical Director of Integration Dr. Nancy Norman, MPH, discusses the connections between behavioral health and safe/affordable housing.

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Inaugural report: Disconnect between increased stress and diagnoses rates

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People in America have shared that the pandemic has negatively affected their mental health.

However, in spite of the many additional stressors that they felt in 2020, including social unrest, a tumultuous election and a declining economy, there wasn’t a corresponding increase in people seeking mental health treatment, according to the inaugural State of the Nation’s Mental Health report.

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Boost productivity: Support the mental health of employees working remotely

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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our mental health is becoming well-known.

In a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, approximately 40 percent of American adults reported symptoms of anxiety and depression due to pandemic-related stressors. Social isolation, job loss, added parenting stress and general upheaval can all explain the added pressure.

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Support parents who care for children with autism

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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is considered by many to be the gold standard for treating children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

April is National Autism Awareness Month, making it a good time to review the importance of this evidence-based approach, and specifically, the role of parents and caregivers.

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