Behavioral Health

Plugging into mental health care: Digital mental health in Colorado

Beacon Health Options is building a lot of bridges to ensure that its members get the quality care they deserve, bridges that span both oceans and mountains.

Beacon has partnered with Ieso Digital Health, a United Kingdom-based firm with a unique digital mental health delivery platform, to provide mental health services for members in Colorado’s Medicaid program, many of whom live in remote rural and frontier areas, stranded from accessible services.

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The many faces of suicide

The phone rings, early on a Sunday morning. I’m excited, as it is a childhood friend whom I’m really looking forward to reconnecting with; only she asks me to let my parents know that her brother committed suicide the night before.

No words can describe the pain heard and felt. Of course, as outsiders, as onlookers, our first unspoken questions are “How did this happen?” “How did he do it?”

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National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day spotlights the need for integrated care

Thursday, May 4, was National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day whose theme this year, “Partnering for Help and Hope”, rings particularly true with Beacon Health Options.

Highlighting the importance of integrating behavioral health and primary care for children, youth and young adults with mental and/or substance use disorders, the day brings to light the many innovative Beacon programs and solutions that integrate behavioral health and primary care. At Beacon, we view the community as integral to the solution.

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Youth suicide: The conversation starts with our children

The toughest speech I have ever given in my life – and candidly to the most important audience – was not to a room of politicians or colleagues.

Those speeches seem so easy now in retrospect. My toughest public-speaking moment was delivering the eulogy of my son’s very best friend, Adam.

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Stress Awareness: Three Tips to Manage Stress

We all feel stress from time to time … at home, at work, in our everyday experiences.

Stress can be short-lived or as a reaction to an external situation, such as missing your morning train, or stress can persist. Longer-term stress can negatively affect day-to-day functioning, increasing the risk for certain health problems, such as depression.

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Zero Suicide at Beacon: Mental health parity includes workforce training

Everyone knows what a first aid kit is. We’ve all seen them. We’ve all used them. Convenient boxes containing the basic tools needed to treat medical emergencies: bandages and antibiotic ointments for cuts, cold compresses for burns, aspirin for headaches and inflammation.

But what if someone were to have a psychiatric emergency? Would others even know it was happening? Would anyone know what to do? Are there ‘tools’ to help someone in psychiatric distress?

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Increasing access to services is a slam dunk for improved campus mental health

With the arrival of March, the country’s sports-watching public made its annual pivot from the Super Bowl to the student athletes across the nation vying to win the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. “March Madness”, as it is known colloquially, is a beloved sporting event – marked by students’ passion for their team in pursuit of its “one shining moment”.

The students’ excitement we see on vivid display at the tournament games belies the hardship many of them endure as they struggle with untreated or under-treated mental illnesses.

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Recovery Principles for Repeal, Replace, Repair

The room was packed at the Primary Care Development Corporation’s (PCDC)* Primary Care Innovation Circle.

More than 200 health care executives, providers, community-based agency leaders and practitioners assembled to listen to panelists address the most audacious of tasks: the fate of health care in the United States.

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The power of Zero

The U.S. News & World Report ranked Colorado Springs as number 11 on its list of 2017 Best Places to Live in the USA.

However, even in this ultimate vacation destination of snow-capped mountains and clean air, tragedy can strike.

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New Year, New Insights: Reflections from the 35th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference

While most people are slowly emerging from the holiday haze, the healthcare investment community kicks off January with the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference.

Originally an investors’ meeting for select public and private healthcare companies, the event – and the ecosystem of smaller conferences that surround it – now bring an estimated 30,000 people to San Francisco.

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