May is Mental Health Awareness MonthPosted: April 30, 2013
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and an important time to continue the conversation about mental health treatment. Anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other disorders too often go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, keeping patients from living a full, productive life. This year alone, one in five Wisconsinites will be affected by a mental illness.
At WIPHL, we know first-hand how detrimental mental health disorders can be in patients’ lives. That’s why we work with primary care settings to implement behavioral screening and intervention (BSI), which helps address depression and other mental health disorders by screening all patients annually, making frequent contacts with patients and providing interventions to maximize engagement in and promotion of behaviors that lift symptoms. BSI would help uncover almost all cases of depression, double response to treatment and increase complete remission by 77%.