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The area of Behavioral health includes mental health services for those experiencing a mental health diagnosis or in need in therapeutic counseling, but it also involves working more “upstream” to promote mental and social well-being and the healthy development of community members’ coping skills. 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 fundamental aspect 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.
What are we working on and how are we getting there?
- Relationship Building
- Problem Exploration
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- 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