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Mental Health Services

What are mental health services?

Mental health services are any interventions offered in public, private, outpatient, or inpatient settings to maintain or enhance mental health or treat mental or behavioral disorders. They may be provided in group or individual contexts.

The interventions included within mental health services may include:

Mental health services often employ a multidisciplinary team of providers, including nurses, psychologists, counselors, psychiatrists, and peer support professionals.

Some mental health treatment options include:

  • Inpatient or residential mental health treatment
  • Psychiatric hospitalization
  • Medication
  • Outpatient mental health treatment
  • Psychotherapy
  • Complementary and alternative treatments
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Support groups

Why are mental health services important in healthcare?

Mental health services provide those with mental health disorders counseling and treatment to manage their condition and meet their needs and personal preferences. This can include developing skills and strategies to manage their thoughts, behaviors, and emotions impacting mental health.

Mental health services help improve the outlook of those with mental illnesses by improving their ability to handle stress and make healthy choices.