During the month of May, the CFC is bringing awareness to mental illness as we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care.
Each year, one in five adults face the reality of living with a mental health condition (Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). CFC patients are no exception—in 2013, 49% of CFC patients screened indicated they were struggling with anxiety or depression, and in 2014, depression and anxiety were the most frequently diagnosed illnesses at the CFC. The Integrated Care Program (ICP) at the Charlottesville Free Clinic identifies and addresses the mental health needs of our patients. The ICP promotes collaborative treatment planning for patients, as well as patient education, to maximize positive physical and mental health outcomes.
We all know that the old saying, “an apple a day will keep the doctor away” is telling us that healthy habits will help us feel good. As we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month this May, it’s a good time to mention that healthy habits for our minds are just as important. Mental health is equally as essential to maintain as physical health and can often be connected. By forming some day-to-day healthy habits for your brain and seeking out support when you need it, mental illness can be managed just like many other temporary or chronic illness.
Of course in the same way that, even when we eat healthy, we still get sick or need a doctor, sometimes the symptoms of mental illness can’t be managed with a few deep breaths or exercise. The Charlottesville Free Clinic annually screens and treats the mental health needs of every patient using assessment and triage, short-term mental health services, psychiatric evaluations, and medication management for people with mild to moderate mental health care needs. These services are provided free of charge.
“It is a serious issue that millions of Americans are needlessly affected by mental illness when they can get effective treatment to restore their well-being,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde. “Now more than ever, people can get the help they need to recover from mental disorders and live full, active lives – they just need to take the first step and seek help.”
For more information about our Integrated Care Program, please contact us at 434-296-5525.
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