Behavioral Health

Peer support: Shared experience in suicide prevention

Peer support specialists — those individuals with lived experience of mental illness and/or substance use disorder (SUD) — have been well-established in behavioral health interventions.

Their shared experience provides the credibility and understanding that help individuals with mental health and SUD challenges on their road to recovery.

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Surviving suicide: The power of storytelling

When professionals interested in suicide prevention discuss suicide, a lot of data gets tossed around.

The suicide rate in the United States increased by 35 percent from 1999 to 2018. It is the 10th leading cause of death. Approximately 48,000 Americans die by suicide each year. However, there is one statistic that rarely sees the light of day.

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Taking a second look at suicide during COVID-19: An interview with the AAS

Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that one in four Americans aged 18 to 24 had thoughts of suicide in the prior 30 days has mental health stakeholders reeling: How could the numbers be that high, even during a pandemic?

That question led Beacon Health Options to interview additional experts on suicide prevention.

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The unspoken crisis: Rising suicide rates among Black youth

It is already an alarming statistic that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among Americans, and it’s only getting worse.

From 1999 to 2018, the suicide rate has increased by 35 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Enhance behavioral health crisis systems to improve health, reduce costs

People with mental health and substance use disorder challenges are using emergency department (ED) services more frequently than in prior years.

From 2006 to 2013, there has been a 52 percent increase in ED utilization by people with serious mental illness (SMI).

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Beacon’s ‘coach approach’ earns accolades

Peer specialists and recovery coaches have long been part of Beacon Health Options’ solutions for members.

For many years, they have helped Beacon members to reach their recovery and wellness goals through one-on-one coaching, advocacy and guidance.

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Know the signs: Help prevent a loved one’s suicide

Anna was one of the most talented and creative people I had ever known, and just about everyone who met her felt the same.

Anna was sadly successful, as she was in everything, in ending her life. . . .Unfortunately, the story of a Beacon Health Options employee’s friend is not unique or unfamiliar to many people. Often, the friends and families of people at risk for suicidal behavior disorder have no idea of that risk.

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Confronting an opioid crisis: Beacon funding supports local efforts

Beacon Health Options (Beacon) believes that excellent health care is local health care.

Standing by that belief, Beacon is distributing $128,000 in grants to four community-based behavioral health organizations that are combatting the opioid crisis in Massachusetts at the grassroots level.

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Retail therapy: The best health care is local

With one in five Americans suffering from a mental illness at any point in their lives, the demand for behavioral health services is loud and clear, but the reality is that many people do not have access to quality care.

Indeed, only 26 percent of the need for mental health services is met in this country, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

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One of the toughest endeavors: Changing health behavior

Beacon Health Options’ mission is to help people live their lives to the fullest potential. It’s a simple, yet extraordinarily complicated, goal because it requires changing behavior at all levels – system, provider and individual.

Beacon has myriad programs to help improve individuals’ mental health, and ultimately, wellbeing. Programs range from pharmacy management to home-based therapy to opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment to intensive case management.

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