Behavioral health focuses on mental and emotional well-being and explains the connection between a person’s actions and their physical health. Not only does behavioral health care prevent and intervene in mental illnesses, depression or anxiety for example, but it also helps those struggling with substance abuse or other addictions. Each year, one in four Americans experiences a mental illness or substance abuse disorder.  There are many factors that can have an effect on mental health, including: a family history of mental health issues, life experiences such as trauma and biological factors like brain chemistry.
At AxessPointe, we believe that behavioral health is an important factor in the overall health and wellness of our patients. We have an integrated approach to care and use targeted screening tools during a patient’s medical visit to see if any behavioral issues are present. By offering this care within our clinics, we can treat the whole person and improve our patient outcomes.
In the case that additional services are needed, we have on-site behavioral health workers that help with:
QUICK FACTS ON BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Mental illness is associated with an increased risk of diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, epilepsy and cancer 
80% of people with a disorder will visit their primary care doctor at least once a year 
50% of disorders are treated in primary care 
67% of those with a disorder do not get treatment 
Half of all mental health disorders show beginning signs before a person is 14 years old 
 American Hospital Association http://www.aha.org/advocacy-issues/initiatives/behavioral/index.shtml
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealthsurveillance/fact_sheet.html
 Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative https://www.pcpcc.org/content/benefits-integration-behavioral-health
 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services https://www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/myths-facts/