Behavioral Health Services and Your Health

September 16, 2013

2013_09_11_FBAM_GuardianBehavioral health services have many benefits to individuals and society. They can decrease the overall costs of health care by addressing important mental health disorders, reduce the strain on our medical professionals, and improve your health. These services include screenings, consultations, care coordination, and linkage between individuals or families and care providers. But perhaps the most important role behavioral health services play is in relation to your overall health. It’s not just your mental health that can benefit, but your total wellness.

Behavioral Health Services and Total Wellness

Mental Health

Perhaps the most obvious purpose of behavioral health services is to improve your mental health. If you’re living with a mental health disorder, you may feel lost, confused, frustrated, or overwhelmed. It can be difficult to complete day-to-day tasks, and you may not know where to start to get better. Behavioral health services can start with a mental health screening, followed by a professional diagnosis that lets you know what you’re working with. From there, you can work on different ways of reducing your symptoms and managing your mental health.

Physical Health

Many people don’t realize how strong the connection is between mental health and physical health. If your body is struggling to stay healthy, your mind is already at a disadvantage. Good physical health means more energy, a clear head, and a capable body. Your behavioral health specialist can help you understand how your food and lifestyle choices affect your health, and how you can make better decisions.

Emotional Health

While emotional health is closely tied to mental health, there are some variations. Behavioral health services teach you methods of dealing with stressful situations, which can adjust the way you react emotionally. For example, instead of dealing with anger by shouting or name-calling, you may learn to express your emotions constructively. Poor emotional health can be linked to toxic relationships, co-dependency, and a range of mental health disorders. As your mental and physical health improves, you may find that your emotional health is doing the same.

Spiritual Health

Contrary to the way it appears, spiritual health isn’t necessarily about religion. Your spiritual health describes the meaning and direction in your life, as well as your morals and values. It’s not always immediately clear to each of us what brings meaning to our lives; that purpose may be something we have to search for. Behavioral health services include counseling that can help you work through your own personal beliefs and identify what’s important to you. From there, you are in a better position to identify the elements that can give your life direction. Recovery can be a confusing time of starting over and rediscovery; enjoy discovering the new you!

If you or someone you love is suffering from a mental illness and is facing financial obstacles to services, please call us at 1-800-338-5770. At Guardian Behavioral Health Foundation we provide access to low-cost or no-cost mental health services through a variety of community mental health centers and professionals.  We also offer educational workshops for families and professionals.