Published: 21 May 2021 / 10:35 CDTUpdated: May 21, 2021 / 10:35 AM CDT
HARLINGEN, Texas – Valley Baptist Health System is raising awareness of behavioral health issues and the importance of good mental health for quality of life. For more than 70 years, May has been the month of mental health awareness.
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The director of the Geriatric Health Unit of Geriatric Behavior at Harlingen Valley Baptist Medical Center, Anthony Manuel, MSN, RN, said outreach can play a key role in supporting those who may be struggling with mental health issues. .
“Mental illness does not discriminate. It affects people of all ages, races and walks of life. That said, mental illness can directly affect someone we know, such as a family member or friend who suffers from depression, anxiety, or a fit disorder, or it may be something we have had to deal with face to face on our own. lives. That’s why awareness is important so that the burden of mental illness can be reduced and stigma removed, ”Manuel said.“ If people are not aware that they have a mental illness or are afraid to cause it, it can produce unfavorable results if not treated “.
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Inaugurated in early 2018, Valley Baptist-Harlingen’s 12-bed geriatric behavioral geriatric health unit is equipped and equipped to meet the needs of older adults.
The unit is designed primarily for older adults who suffer from emotional, behavioral, or mental health issues ranging from depression to changes in sleep patterns or insomnia. Patients receive comprehensive behavioral health care from a team that includes a wide range of specialists, from psychiatrists to physical, occupational and speech therapists.
While health officials expect the COVID-19 pandemic to enter its final stages, officials said the pandemic and its associated pain and stress make it more important now to pay close attention to mental health care. , according to the press release.
Visit Vall Baptista for information on the behavioral health services offered.