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The Call for Specialized Delivery of Mental Health Services

October 20, 2023
October 20, 2023

The preponderance of mental health data suggests that there is a significant amount of untreated mental illness in the U.S. and around the world. The data (Mental Health America, 2022) makes it clear that there are plenty of unmet mental health needs in the population.

  • 60% of youth with major depression do not get mental health treatment
  • 55% of adults (28 million people) with a mental illness receive no treatment
  • 23% of adults reporting 14 or more mentally unhealthy days each month were unable to see a doctor due to costs
  • 21% of adults are experiencing a mental illness

In addition, there is just one mental health care provider for every 350 individuals. Further compounding an existing issue, the pandemic has left an already over-burdened healthcare delivery system to deal with a population that whose symptoms may have worsened in the last few years.

Evidence-Based Psychotherapy

A 2017 article in Neurotherapeutics entitled Evidence-Based Psychotherapy: Advantages and Challenges which was also later published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information website made it clear that evidence-based psychotherapies are efficacious and cost-effective for a wide range of psychiatric conditions.

The American Psychology Association advocates for an approach that integrates the best available research with clinical expertise along with a respect for the patient’s culture, individual characteristics and personal treatment preferences. This approach allows clinicians to make clinical decisions collaboratively with their patients based on best practice, cost of treatment, likely benefit to the patient, and the availability of resources.

Despite the availability of evidence-based interventions for a wide range of mental health issues, the provision of those interventions is not widespread. Factors such as a shortage of mental health care providers, the stigma associated with mental illness and a lack of evidence-based training can contribute to a failure to provide this type of treatment for patients. The training will likely need to include a broad range of providers rather than just mental health providers. Physicians, nurses, social workers and other providers need to be considered when planning for clinical education. So how do healthcare organizations prepare providers to better meet the needs of a growing number of patients with mental health needs?

Solution: Specialized Delivery of Mental Health with the Right Partner

A solid educational foundation in the delivery of mental healthcare is the kind of education that removes the stigma of mental health issues and provides clinically-sound training. Through its partnership with Psych Hub, HealthStream is able to offer content for mental health and other healthcare practitioners. Psych Hub’s Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Board include some of the nation’s top healthcare executives and academic researchers, all of whom are committed to transforming mental healthcare through advocacy, awareness and education.

Carefully Curated Content for Practitioners

Psych Hub courses go through an extensive development and review process. The content is developed for Psych Hub by a team of subject matter experts. The process is overseen by educators, mental health practitioners and experts on communication. The content is evidence-based, trauma-informed, culturally responsive and clinically sound so that your providers can use it with confidence.

Psych Hub can connect practitioners with content that addresses specific mental health issues. Because so many mental health practitioners are trained as generalists, they may not feel comfortable treating every symptom with which a patient may present. Psych Hub can educate practitioners about treatment approaches that are effective in symptom reduction and can be effective in fewer sessions.

Carefully Curated Content for Mental Health Allies

Psych Hub also has a solution for mental health allies – education that is appropriate for healthcare providers and laypeople. The content can help providers recognize and understand symptoms and offer support and direction to patients experiencing a mental health issue. It also provides information on diagnoses and treatment options. It can create better mental health advocates who will be able to champion the needs of their patients, and when appropriate, colleagues and their own friends and family.

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