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Connecting the dotes 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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Support your child’s behavioral health through the pandemic and beyond

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Adjusting to the “new normal” during this past year’s pandemic may leave us wondering what exactly is considered unhealthy.

Regarding child and adolescent mental health, the line between typical developmental behaviors and those that require professional help can be difficult to discern even in the best of times—which means monitoring for unhealthy behaviors is that much more important during the ongoing public health crisis.

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Supporting employee efforts to become healthier post-pandemic

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The year 2020 will be one to go down in the history books.

People worldwide have experienced upheaval to a degree not seen in decades. As we begin to return to a more normal pattern of life, the long-term effects of this experience are becoming known.

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An imperfect perfect storm: The effects of deferred behavioral health care

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We’re seeing light at the end of the tunnel as Americans start to get the COVID-19 vaccine. With it comes the hope that we can return to a life we once knew – a life of engaging with people – at work, at play and beyond.

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A COVID-19 vaccine: It’s about more than physical health

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The physical threat of COVID-19 is clear, which is why many Americans have spent the better part of a year quarantining and social distancing.

With time, it has also become evident that the pandemic is having another serious health effect: mental health challenges.

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Nurture hope to overcome challenging times

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Political conflict and change are normal features of life; however, recent events have elevated that concept to new heights in modern American history.

During these times of increased tension and polarization, conflict and change have caused many people to feel anxious and worried.

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Caregiving: Help employees to succeed in their dual roles

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As we herald in a new year with a COVID-19 vaccine, our hope is a return to a life we once knew of being the social animals we’re meant to be.

For healthcare, 2021 poses the hope to refocus on issues that will continue to remain of utmost importance to the health and wellbeing of Americans in a post-pandemic world.

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