Marlton, NJ – InSight Telepsychiatry is joining the nationwide effort to increase awareness about the importance of mental health. This year, in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are embracing the idea of “Mental Health Starts with Us.” In that spirit, InSight is providing resources, strategies and information to highlight the importance of mental wellness for everyone, including mental health professionals, healthcare organizations and individuals looking to learn more.
The Importance of Mental Health Care
One in six individuals live with a mental illness. It is estimated that approximately 44.7 million American adults are affected by a mental, behavioral or emotional disorder (NIMH). Despite how common mental health concerns are, less than half of those with mental health concerns seek treatment, either because they choose not to or are unable to.
Why Does Mental Health Matter?
Mental health includes emotional, psychological and social well-being and impacts how we think, feel and act. It is also a key component to managing overall wellness since mental health and physical health are very closely linked. Unfortunately, many people do not or are unable to seek mental health care due to stigma, lack of mental health providers and other barriers such as location.
Why Does Mental Wellness Matter for Mental Health Care Professionals?
Not prioritizing mental health can lead to hospitalization, lost productivity at work and absenteeism (NIMH). Mental health care professionals are just as likely to have mental health disorders as other individuals. It may be even more important for them to take care of their mental wellness, as they are expected to provide the care that those living with mental health conditions need.
Lack of mental wellness practices can also lead to burnout among physicians, nurses and other mental health care professionals, which is associated with increased depression, anxiety, sleep problems and impaired memory (NIH).
Importance of Addressing Mental Health in Communities
It is important for healthcare organizations to provide mental health resources for individuals in their communities. With telepsychiatry, organizations can further increase access to mental health care for their community with the use of innovative applications of technology. Telepsychiatry is a proven medium for increasing psychiatric capacity at single facilities and across entire systems. Through telemedicine, organizations can access psychiatric coverage without the recruiting, logistical and financial burdens that the onsite provision of those services would require.
We invite you to join us in our quest to raise awareness of the importance of mental wellness and to expand and transform access to quality behavioral health care, particularly among underserved populations and communities. Mental health awareness is much bigger than a month long campaign. Join our conversation this month and all year long, using the hashtag #StartsWithUs on social media whenever discussing mental health.
Mental Health Resources
Click here for tips, tools, and support you need to help take care of your mental health this month, and every month.
Click here to download our Telepsychiatry 101 white paper, which covers everything organizations interested in implementing telebehavioral health need to know to make the most of this exciting development in health care service delivery.
About InSight Telespychiatry
InSight is the leading national telepsychiatry service provider organization with a mission to increase access to quality behavioral health care through telehealth. InSight has two decades of telepsychiatry experience, and serves hundreds of organizations across the country with its on-demand, scheduled, connected services and Inpathy divisions. InSight is uniquely positioned to offer scalable telepsychiatry services in settings across the continuum of care. To learn more about our services and solutions, visit www.InSightTelepsychiatry.com.