Behavioral health during the COVID-19 pandemic has become a major concern for healthcare professionals across the country as both social and economic life has been disrupted for many people. At Community Health Connections (CHC), based in Fitchburg, MA, we understand that mental health is just as important as physical health, especially now. That’s why our team of therapists and psychiatric care providers is committed to providing the region with compassionate, coordinated behavioral health services.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) one in four Americans experiences some behavioral health issues, including mental health such as depression, anxiety, and personality disorders, as well addictive behaviors and substance abuse disorders. At CHC, we believe that for individuals suffering from a mental health problem, the key to taking back control of their lives is prompt, proper treatment through effective behavioral health therapies.
To support good mental health during the pandemic, here are some tips to help you and your loved ones while we all continue to fight COVID-19:
- Stay informed with trusted informational sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), your state and local health authorities, and the World Health Organization
- Engage in healthy activities: get regular exercise, get outdoors as much as possible, and get plenty of sleep
- Stick to regular routines as much as possible to support stability and peace-of-mind
- Stay connected with family, friends, and other support networks to stay socially engaged and foster a sense of community
- Stay physically healthy: wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, and stay socially distant from others
As part of our behavioral health services, we help educate the communities we serve to provide greater awareness of mental health issues and substance abuse challenges. We view education as a key preventative measure to protect and support our patients and their loved ones in addition to the screening, detection, and treatment services we provide.
Our behavioral health care team works with primary care physicians to help screen patients for mental health disorders and substance abuse. This enables us to work in conjunction with medical doctors to provide appropriate treatment at the earliest possible stage.
Behavioral health services to meet your needs – and preferences
It’s important to know that during the pandemic we’re still offering in-person (meeting social distancing guidelines) and phone or video telehealth options for appointments — in fact, we’re one of the very few health centers and agencies providing in-person sessions in the region.
Do you prefer a more holistic approach to mental health? At CHC, our holistically-trained RN provides a wide range of holistic services to improve mental health including holistic stress reduction, yoga, nutrition awareness, physical exercise and movement, reiki, and meditation.
If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental health disorder or substance abuse disorder, or is having trouble coping with the effects of COVID pandemic, we can help. Our behavioral health program, as part of a total wellness plan, provides an effective way to help you or a loved one cope with today’s challenges. To learn more or schedule an appointment at our Fitchburg, Gardner, or Leominster facilities, contact us today.