Mental health disorders impact how a person feels and functions, but also, severe mental/emotional crises pose a threat to life itself. At EPIC Health Partners, we are devoted to the stabilization of mental health crises by the most effective means possible. So, we use mobile response services to intervene and get people on the road to recovery.
The Statistics on Mental Health
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than one in five Americans, including children and teens, have experienced symptoms of a mental health disorder within the past year. Government oversight entities, such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and private advocacy groups, such as the National Alliance For Mental Health (NAMI), agree that those staggering numbers are correct.
These groups also agree that more work must be done to help people with mental and emotional health disorders receive the care to be well and to function in the least restrictive environments possible. That’s where Mobile Response Services, such as those offered by EPIC Health Partners, can–and do–help.
Sadly, one of today’s biggest mental health concerns is self-harm or suicide. Suicide is one of today’s leading causes of death in the United States. It, along with other impactful mental health issues, such as bipolar disorder, substance abuse disorder, and others, can be dealt with successfully with informed responses from people and professional training in stabilization techniques.
Used rapidly within the individual’s own community environment–home, school, or workplace–these Mobile Crisis Response Services can actually save lives.
The Goals of Mobile Crisis Response Services
Mobile Crisis Response Services address the needs of individuals who are decompensating mentally or emotionally. They may show the following symptoms of a mental health crisis:
- Expressing ideations of self-harm
- Acting violently in actions or in words
- Saying they feel hopeless, isolated, and have no way out of their situations
- Feeling extremely anxious, fearful and agitated
Our response team will work with the individual in crisis using evidence-based solutions, coordinating health and human services, and with on-site visitation for up to eight hours in a 72-hour period.
The goals of the Mobile Response Services are:
- Preventing self-harm and suicide
- Preventing, or postponing, hospitalization in an acute mental health setting
- Avoiding unnecessary ER visits
- Reducing involvement of law enforcement
- Decreasing the wait times for outpatient services
- Bettering coordination of health and social support services
How We Can Help
At EPIC Health Partners in the Richmond, VA, area, we want to keep people in crisis–and their families–safe. Additionally, our goal is to retain people with mental health needs in their own familiar environments, reduce their symptoms and get them on the road to optimal functionality. We really care about the individuals we serve and their families as well.
To learn more about our comprehensive mental health services, including mobile response and community stabilization services, call us at (414) 835-4601. We have locations in Richmond, Danville, and Martinsville, VA.
Plus, know that help for a mental health crisis is ready for you or a loved one immediately by calling 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255). You also can text HOME to 741-741 for a rapid response from someone who is trained and trustworthy.