This year has brought a series of challenges: COVID-19 and its effect on the economy, employment uncertainty, political division and, for families, adjusting to new ways of schooling. The importance of our local mental health care system has never been more pronounced. For most of us, these challenges can be extremely stressful. For someone struggling with mental health issues, they can be completely overwhelming. It’s no surprise more people are seeking help from the skilled providers at St. Charles Behavioral Health.
Sometimes, as patients transition from one level of care to another, they don’t reach out for support, their symptoms worsen, and they reach a crisis point, ending back up in emergency care. Among mental health providers, this is known as “the revolving door.” It’s better for everyone – the individual, the health system and the community – if we can keep them from falling through the cracks in the first place.
St. Charles Behavioral Health is launching a new program called Stop the Revolving Door to provide extra support to patients and potential patients of all ages – from children to seniors – as they move through the mental health system. By walking alongside them through those difficult transitions, we can ensure they get the help they need and, ultimately, stop the revolving door, one person at a time.
All proceeds from this year’s Saints Gala go toward providing startup funds to get this vital program up and running.
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