June 19, 2019 By Dr. Todd Thatcher, DO, CMO “Emotional pain is not something that should be hidden away and never spoken about. There is truth in your pain, there is growth in your pain, but only if it’s first brought out into the open.” —Steven Aitchison According to a study conducted by The National Institute of Mental Health, 46.6 million U.S. adults experience mental challenges or illness. That is 1 in 5; nearly 20% of America’s adult population. Surprising, right? Many of us simply don’t realize the reach that mental health has within our communities. This may be attributed to the fact that mental health challenges can take a variety of forms and affect each person differently. Millions of us struggle with the difficult effects of anxiety, depression, PTSD, and various other behavioral and mental challenges for years on end without even considering reaching out for support. In fact, on average 60% of American adults with a mental health challenge didn’t receive mental health services in the past year – Mental Health By The Numbers – National Alliance on Mental Illness. Our goal at Valley Behavioral Health is to help put an end to the stigma surrounding mental health and encourage those who need support to reach out. With over 70 programs providing over 62,000 services weekly throughout Utah, we offer a variety of outpatient programs to effectively address a broad spectrum of client needs. Read on for more information about outpatient care, and how it may serve you. What Does Outpatient Mean? Outpatient care is physical, mental, or behavioral care that is provided wherein the patient is not required to stay overnight. Outpatient care is generally less intensive and grants the patient more independence. At Valley, our outpatient mental health treatment programs are not conducted at hospitals. Instead, treatment is hosted at care facilities, within various communities around Utah, or at the client’s home. 5 Reasons To Consider Outpatient Mental Health Treatment It May Be The Perfect First Step – As mentioned before, the majority of American adults are enduring challenges introduced by their mental health without seeking treatment. How many people do you know that would try to walk on a broken leg without visiting a doctor? Trying to manage the symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other mental health challenges may be similarly difficult. We want everybody currently excusing the challenges they face to know that a less intensive, supportive network of caregivers are ready and eager to help on your terms. Your Insurance Might Have You Covered – According to MentalHealth.gov “As of 2014, most individual and small group health insurance plans, including plans sold on the Marketplace are required to cover mental health and substance use disorder services”. Everyone’s insurance coverage varies, but you may be surprised to find out that your insurance provider covers outpatient mental health treatment. Find Relief Without Disrupting Your Day-To-Day – Outpatient care doesn’t require patients to stay long hours or overnight, granting clients the freedom to carry on with their day-to-day while benefiting from the added support of a team of care professionals and care facility. That means you can achieve your goals and better manage symptoms without interrupting your livelihood. Focus On The Things That Matter Most – At Valley, our mission is to help clients foster time with family, friends, and their community – not inhibit it. With treatment options that can be personalized to your schedule, you are able to work towards your mental health rehabilitation goals on your time. Keep enjoying time spent relaxing with loved ones, working hard at your career, and being involved in your passions. Invigorate Your Independence – Ultimately, our goal is to help you regain a stronger sense of understanding and control over your symptoms than ever before. Effective treatment will help you continue your journey with confidence and independence.