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SECOND
OPINION
QA&
Anna Brendle Kennedy
Executive Director
The Touchstone Foundation
At The Touchstone Foundation, we increase youth
mental wellness in Lancaster County by building
the talent pipeline and improving access to care.
We need: 1) universal screenings, 2) cross-sector
integration between health care, mental health
and schools and 3) more mental health providers.
Universal screening for depression, anxiety and
suicide risk during well visits and in schools is
primary prevention. Health providers in our
community screen every patient aged 12 and older
once per year for depression. We know that more is
needed. We must also refer for mental health care
and follow-up. When we coordinate care, integrating
with school-based services, we help youth and
families by removing barriers to care, collaborating
on their behalf. We also need to respond to the
growing need for more mental health clinicians by
providing scholarships and post-graduate clinical
supervision to provide a realistic and affordable path
to licensure.
How can communities better respond to the
growing need for behavioral health services?
Our experts weigh in.
Stephen Heffner, CRNP
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health
Behavioral Health
PA College DNP Candidate and Adjunct Faculty
Member
The need for behavioral health services is great
within all communities. With a lack of providers,
access shortage remains a major concern. The
pandemic has only expanded the issue as it has
pushed providers out of the health care field
and spread an overwhelming increase of anxiety
and depression across the population. With the
system floundering, I encourage all to explore the
benefits of self-care interventions that are easy to
do and proven to be beneficial. Techniques such
as meditation, yoga, exercise and journaling are
all helpful and available to anyone, at any time.
Searching the internet or visiting a local bookstore
or library can provide a wealth of knowledge in
minutes. There is much one can do on their own
to improve their mental well-being so as not to feel
defeated by a system that lacks availability. While
waiting for a professional's help, those suffering
need to hear that there is strength within them, and
there are means to discover these qualities within
themselves.
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