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Behavioral health includes mental health services for those experiencing a mental health diagnosis or in need in therapeutic counseling, but it also includes working more “upstream” to promote the healthy development of community members coping skills and mental well-being. Well-being integrates the mental health and physical health of the individual, and primary prevention strategies to promote well-being are designed to develop strengths and resilience, preventing longer-term negative mental health outcomes. The CDC notes that well-being is associated with self-perceived health, longevity, healthy behaviors, mental and physical illness, and productivity. A piece of well-being is an individual’s perceived sense of social connectedness, with a decrease in social support being associated with self-reported engagement in harmful health behaviors, increased mental and physical distress, less satisfaction with life, and poorer general health.
One of the root causes of increasing mental health diagnoses, drug and alcohol addictions, and suicide is exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) that have a lasting impact on well-being. ACEs are traumatic events that negatively impact development and well-being, particularly when multiple adverse events occur in an individual’s life or if they occur repeatedly over time.
What are we working on and how are we getting there?
- Relationship Building
- Problem Exploration
- The Benefit of Cooperative Data Sharing for Mental Health Evaluation and Response - The initial goals of our collaborative group was to determine how to share information that is typically not shared and to develop or find a platform in which to do that. Much of the information that is collected by government, non-profit, … Continued