Did you realize that yesterday was World Mental Health day? I did not until an email came across my desk. The overall objective of the day is, perhaps to no surprise, raising awareness of mental health issues around the world. While knowing the signs and symptoms of mental or emotional health issues is of course critical, equally as important is knowing where to get help. How common are mental health issues?
At some point in their lives, nearly half of all Americans will have a problem that affects their mental or emotional well-being. Depression, stress, and anxiety are common issues. Unfortunately, there is still reluctance to seek professional help because of the stigma attached to mental illness. However, with the right support, most people learn how to healthily manage their symptoms, successfully complete treatments, and lead a happier, healthier life overall.
In the Erie community, the Barber National Institute has helped individuals with intellectual disabilities to improve and enrich their lives for over 60 years. This commitment to quality care has become a standard of excellence the community knows they can rely on to meet their needs. This year, the Barber National Institute has expanded their continuum of care to offer a new resource for all individuals with mental health needs, the Barber Behavioral Health Institute (BBHI) Outpatient Clinic.
BBHI offers services for all children and adults with mental or emotional health issues, not just those with intellectual disabilities. These issues may include depression, anxiety, stress, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, postpartum depression, and coping with traumas or serious medical illnesses/diagnoses. Some of these services include comprehensive assessments to evaluate the individual’s needs and goals; counseling and psychotherapy; and even medication therapy that is prescribed and monitored by licensed practitioners.
If you would like to learn more about Barber Behavioral Health Institute, you can check out our webpage or contact us at 814-871-4725. For those of you not in the Erie area, this link is a great starting point to finding the best options in your community: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/finding-therapy.