News and perspectives about empowering populations to thrive mentally.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed? Sometimes, the demands on your time, attention, ability, and nerves can feel like ‘too much.’ However, when you take a breath, stay present, stay focused, prioritize, and take one step at a time, you can accomplish the task and manage the process with more ease.
Delayed or secondary morbidity and mortality associated with disasters often exceed that of the original event. Cholera is expected after flooding or earthquakes disrupt infrastructure. Other infectious diseases and maternal/fetal mortality skyrocket in refugee settings without infrastructure or healthcare. But what of our mental and emotional well-being? This is often the greatest casualty in the wake of a crisis.
As you ramp up to handle the crowds in your vaccine efforts, we want to point out you can do a lot in the 15-minute window after the jab where everyone waits to make sure they’re ok. It’s your opportunity to help address a mental health crisis that was well underway even before the pandemic.
Health experts and healthcare systems are now beginning to focus on social determinants of health by increasingly adopting upstream rather than downstream approaches for prevention and care in matters of physical health. A similar approach is now needed for mental health.
Steve is a 54-year-old man with over 20 years of sobriety from alcohol. He was relatively healthy and physically active. He had some degenerative disc disease that required surgery but had managed well for several years with regular activity and stretching. He began complaining of increasing back pain and couldn’t find relief through stretching or ibuprofen.
Health plans and health systems are uniquely positioned to leverage the advantages of caring for the whole person, connecting body, mind, and spirit. With value-based and accountable care, your organization may be managing under-risk contracts, prioritizing resources to avoid penalties, working to reduce costs, and focusing on reducing readmission rates caused by co-morbidities. Adopting holistic practices can help your organization accomplish these goals.
Healthcare providers face numerous chronic stressors, including high and increasing productivity expectations, the pressure of high-stakes decision-making in the face of ambiguity, and witnessing the pain, loss, and suffering of patients and their families. Caregivers often experience distress when they perceive that the treatments they are administering are futile or when they are unable to deliver the quality of care that they believe it is their duty to give. In the context of insufficient support and resources, each of these factors can lead to the emotional exhaustion and depersonalization that is characteristic of burnout.
This webinar shares data-driven approaches that help improve understanding of mental health needs in a community and system-level strategies, especially in context with social determinants of health. Our panel discusses a new model for “Population-based Mental Health” and demonstrates emerging practices that link individuals to needed evidence-based resources.
Massachusetts Police Collaborative Expands Mental Health Support for Staff and Community to Deal with Effects of COVID, Civil Unrest
With citizens and police staff grappling with the confluence of a pandemic, civil unrest, and financial insecurity, the Front Line Initiative has expanded its spectrum of mental health services and programs to include CredibleMind’s self-care prevention platform. The Initiative currently helps provide residents of Chelmsford, Billerica, Dracut, Tewksbury, and Tyngsborough, Massachusetts with access to mental health clinicians and peer support staff.