Category: Behavioral Health Awareness

September 1, 2017

Help us find this year’s best provider! Valant is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Behavioral Health Provider of the Year! Behavioral health professionals care for some of the most vulnerable among our population. The work of psychiatrists, therapists, counselors, psychologists, and similar practitioners not only touches the lives of patients, but families and entire…
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June 28, 2017

June is Pride month for the LGBTQ community, and we’re here to celebrate! In addition to the parades and dance parties, there were also successful fundraisers for those in need as well as memorials for those lost in hate crimes. To be sure, this year’s Pride month was full of meaning, love, and fellowship. To…
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April 3, 2017

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Though alcohol can be used responsibly and is a significant facet of American culture, alcoholism is pervasive and destructive of individuals, families, and entire communities. Alcoholism can affect every aspect of a person’s life, including physical and emotional health, finances, and relationships, and is a much larger problem than many…
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January 26, 2017

Why the importance of mental health care is newsworthy outside the context of mass violence We now live in an age where we aren’t surprised to learn of episodes of mass violence on the evening news. It’s a growing problem in the United States and has sparked an urgent discussion over its root causes and…
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January 16, 2017

Debunking five common behavioral health falsehoods The stigmas surrounding mental illness and substance abuse are an ongoing challenge. Close to 90% of individuals with a mental health diagnosis stated that at some point they had personally experienced discrimination resulting from stigma. Some of the consequences of stigmatization include social isolation, the reluctance to actively seek…
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December 26, 2016

An unprecedented analysis of the nature of substance abuse disorder The surgeon general recently published a report on the state of substance use disorders, and it arrives at a time when more people suffer from addiction now than from all forms of cancer combined. The report provides a much needed perspective on the nature of…
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September 2, 2016

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicide is commonly the result of mental health conditions that impact people when they are most vulnerable, and can affect anybody regardless of age, gender, or background. Friends and families are obviously affected as well, experiencing shame or stigma that prevents the open discussion of the issues. The…
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July 19, 2016

We work with people who are on the front lines of mental health, those who help fight the stigma, and help people feel better. But what many outside our industry might not understand is how prevalent mental health illness really is, and how likely it is to affect the people we love. Our infographic, Mental…
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April 8, 2016

National Autism Awareness Month provides a great opportunity to promote awareness of an issue that affects millions of individuals and families each year and shed a little light on the challenges that have grown over time. Today an estimated 3.5 million Americans are living with some form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The prevalence has…
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The cost of major depressive disorder

March 10, 2016

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is among the most common mental illness diagnoses in the United States. The emotional toll on the families, friends, and colleagues of those afflicted is significant, but it does not stop there. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, the data suggests a severe monetary strain…
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