May is Mental Health Awareness Month which serves to shed light on the millions of Americans experiencing a mental health condition. Approximately 1 in 5—or 43.8 million—American adults experience mental illness in a given year. But despite its prevalence, nearly 60% of this population will not seek help or treatment for several reasons; one being the stigma surrounding mental health. This impacts health-related costs, and the emotional, physical and mental well-being of individuals, families and communities.
Alliant is working to change the mental health stigma and to enhance the care patients receive, in several ways. We’re:
- Convening learning and action networks (LAN) of behavioral health medical experts, community partners, physician practices, healthcare entities and other stakeholders to disseminate best practices and improve the quality of identification, intervention, referral and follow-up in primary care practices
- Utilizing a peer support model to encourage increased resiliency, wellness and self-managed health for people with mental illness and substance use disorders
- Providing education to emergency department prescribers, promoting the available guidelines, state regulations and recommendations for the safe use of opioids
- Engaging pharmacy teams to implement practice improvements to better identify and respond to opioid-related risks among their patients and community. Pharmacists will develop communications strategies to address opioid risk and, when appropriate, offer the opioid reversal medicine naloxone under the states’ standing order
- Delivering Mental Health First Aid training, in collaboration with the National Council for Behavioral Health, to educate community members on the signs of mental health conditions and how to help someone in crisis
Learn more about our efforts to improve behavioral health care here.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health condition, vital resources can be found here.