Mental Health

Coronavirus anxiety: Identify, address and ease it

Catastrophes, including public health emergencies such as COVID-19, affect mental health, both at the individual and population levels.

Indeed, people experience a wide range of mental health issues during and long after emergencies, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Supporting employees at work and beyond

The new year brings excellent news for Beacon Health Options (Beacon).

Mental Health America (MHA) has awarded Beacon its platinum certification for The Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health, MHA’s new national employer certification program.

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Beacon Health Options to expand presence in Walmart

In a continued effort to make healthcare more affordable and accessible, Beacon Health Options has partnered with Walmart on the opening of their second Walmart Health center, located in Calhoun, GA.

Beacon Care Services, a subsidiary of Beacon Health Options, will provide behavioral and mental health care, including individual, couples, group and family counseling to consumers, aged 6 and up, to address mild-to-moderate mental health issues.

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Helping primary care stop substance use disorder before it starts

Crises such as the nation’s current opioid epidemic call for clinical innovation combined with experience that has proven to be effective.

At Beacon Health Options, we tapped into both to create the Massachusetts Consultation Service for Treatment of Addiction and Pain (MCSTAP) to help primary care providers (PCPs) treat patients with chronic pain and/or substance use disorder (SUD).

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Rising suicide rates: A call for improved crisis services

There are several critical factors that have contributed to the rising demand for crisis services: reliance on emergency departments and law enforcement as the de facto crisis system, high suicide rates, stigma around mental illness, inadequate access to behavioral health care, and a relentless opioid epidemic.

As part of our ongoing, in-depth look at that those factors, today Beacon Lens will focus on suicide.

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Mental health crisis systems redesigned: Focus on prevention, recovery

The need for behavioral health crisis services in the United States has never been stronger.

Traumatic national catastrophes, such as mass shootings, are on the rise. The opioid epidemic shows no signs of abating. The stigma around accessing mental health services persists. Suicide rates are high and rising. Access to mental health services remains elusive for many Americans.

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Digital technology: Friend or foe to mental health?

It’s clear that digital technology – especially in the form of social media – is here to stay.

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter – these are all household words by now. Digital technology has engaged healthcare as well; electronic health records, health apps and websites have ramped up the capacity for information-gathering and sharing, and perhaps even more relevant, actual treatment.

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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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Beacon Health Options offers questions to ask and answer during Mental Health Awareness Month

In any given year, an astonishing 1 in 5 Americans will face mental illness. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., with more than 40 million lives affected. Additionally, about 16 million have major depression. But despite the prevalence of mental health conditions, only about a third of Americans seek treatment. Just as other illnesses – such as high blood pressure or diabetes – are treatable and manageable, so too are mental health issues. That’s why May has been designated as Mental Health Awareness Month, an observance developed to raise awareness of mental health issues and the stigma attached to them. At Beacon Health Options, our entire focus is on mental and behavioral health, because that’s…

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