Mental and Emotional Well-being

Mental and Emotional Well-being

Why do some people thrive under pressure? It is not possible to avoid all stressors in life -- bad things can happen to anyone. A resilient person can cope and adapt under pressure. Interact for Health is exploring ways that people in our region can become more resilient.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

Everybody gets sad sometimes, but what if that mood is the sign of a deeper mental health problem? In a one-day course, Mental Health First Aid teaches how to spot mental illness in family members and friends. It shares places to get help so people can support their loved ones. Interact for Health wants to see Mental Health First Aid be widespread in our area.

Mental Health First Aid communicates about mental health issues in a nonjudgmental way. That increases compassion and empathy for people with mental health problems. People who take the class experience better mental health themselves because they understand mental health better. As more people are educated, the stigma of mental illness in our culture will be reduced.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRISTATE offers classes regularly here in Greater Cincinnati. For more information and to find a class near you, click here. To stay up-to-date about the latest class offerings, like the group's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mhfatristate.

SCREENING IN PRIMARY CARE

For most people, healthcare starts in a doctor's office or outpatient clinic with a family doctor, pediatrician or nurse practitioner. This primary care provider also coordinates specialty care.

A routine part of primary care is to screen for various risks and illnesses. Interact for Health would like to see screening for trauma, substance abuse and mental illnesses join screening for high blood pressure, lipids and diabetes as the standard of good care.

A good screening approach for these problems is SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment). With screening, providers can refer someone with a serious disease to good treatment. If the problem is minor, providers can help patients on the spot to prevent the problems from becoming worse. Primary care providers can use a simple and effective skill called Motivational Interviewing to help patients decide to make needed changes. By treating those who are ill, but untreated, and helping those who need to prevent a problem from getting worse, we can prevent a lot of needless suffering.

For more information about this program contact Program Officer Meriden Peters at 513-458-6613 or mpeters@interactforhealth.org.

 

To learn more about our Mental and Emotional Well-being work, click here. To see a list of grantees, click here.

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