How is the Use of mental health tools and resources impacting the overall care process?

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Mental health is a condition of mental wellbeing that allows people to deal with the stress of daily life, develop their potential, develop and be productive and give back to their communities. It is an essential element of health and well-being that enables us to develop the capacity of our individuals and communities to make choices, create connections, and create the environment that we live in. Mental health is a fundamental human right. It is essential for personal, community, and socio-economic growth.

Mental health goes beyond an absence or lack of illness. It is a multifaceted spectrum that is different from one individual to another with varying levels of distress and difficulty and, potentially, very diverse results in clinical and social.

Collaborative care models to improve mental health

Collaboration care strategies (CCM) are a viable approach to integrating care for general and mental care within primary care settings 77. CCMs are a team-based multi-component approach to implementing care reform by improving the coordination of the patient’s care by leveraging the support of leadership in organizations and evidence-based decision-making for providers as well as clinical data systems and making patients involved in their care by providing self-management assistance and connections to resources in the community. 

Recent systematic reviews have found CCMs to be a cost-effective method that can be used in primary care practices that can improve physical and mental outcomes for a wide range of mental health disorders in a variety of population groups and care settings. But the current payment systems prevent the integration of primary care by financing carve-ins and carve-outs, which make it difficult for PCPs to be reimbursed for services in the field of behavioral health.

Strategies for Managing Mental Health and Stress in the Workplace

Health care providers can:

  • Discuss with patients any issues with anxiety or depression, and suggest screenings, treatments and treatment as needed.
  • Include social workers, clinical psychologists Physical and occupational therapy professionals, and other health professionals in the core treatment teams that offer comprehensive, holistic care.
  • Conduct qualitative research with healthcare professionals to know insights into patients.

Researchers in public health can:

  • Create a “how-to” guide to help in the creation as well as the implementation and evaluation of health programs in the workplace that address stress and mental health issues.
  • Create a mental health scorecard employers can use to evaluate their work environment and pinpoint areas that require intervention.
  • Create a recognition program that rewards employers who show the benefits of evidence-based improvement in indicators of well-being and mental health and quantifiable business outcomes.
  • Create training programs in conjunction with business schools that help leaders build and maintain a mentally healthy workforce.

Businesses and community leaders can:

  • Promote stress and mental health education for working adults via municipal health services, parks, recreation agencies, and community centers.
  • Help community-based programs help to reduce risks indirectly such as expanding access to affordable housing, the opportunity to exercise (like trails and sidewalks) as well as tools that promote financial health, as well as safe and non-tobacco-free areas.
  • Develop a system that employers, employees, as well as medical care providers, can utilize to locate community-based services (for instance, in the community center or church) that address the management of stress and mental health.

CONCLUSIONS

Improving the quality and quantity of health care is a team activity that requires coordination among different healthcare providers, participation of consumer advocates, as well as the use of incentives and resources from healthcare providers and systems. Patients, as well as health care systems, must offer input into the selection of measures and their use or can hire experts for doing it in a better way.

By Daniel Lincoln

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