The importance of mental and behavioral health services
Behavioral health looks at how behaviors impact someone’s health — physical and mental. Mental health is under the umbrella of behavioral health.
According to Alvernia University’s website, the difference between behavior health and mental health is, “For instance, a behavioral health professional might look at behaviors that may have contributed to a person’s obesity. This is an issue that primarily affects someone’s physical health. Some behavioral health topics and issues do not fall into the category of mental health.”
Treating mental and behavioral illnesses at an early stage is crucial. Someone struggling with mental illness can greatly benefit from having access to therapy and other resources to help them to living a happy life.
The following statistics from NAMI shed light on this fact:
Serious mental illness costs the U.S about $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year.
Mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder, are the third most common reason for hospitalization for patients between the ages of 18 and 44.
American adults living with mental illness die an average of 25 years sooner than others, largely due to treatable conditions.
37 percent of students suffering from a mental health condition drop out of high school.
More than 90% of children who die by suicide suffer from a mental health condition.
Mental health services also reduce the risk of chronic diseases related to stress, anxiety and substance abuse.
Mental health and behavioral health services are important for the people that need it and their families. Having the resources to seek help will greatly enhance your quality of life if you struggle with a mental illness.
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