Goal: Improve access to appropriate, quality mental/behavioral health services.
What’s the Problem?
The terms “mental health” and “behavioral health” are often used interchangeably, but behavioral health officially refers to the state of mental/emotional being and/or choices and actions that affect wellness. Prevention efforts are proactive, occurring prior to the onset of a disorder, and are generally centered around substance abuse prevention, suicide prevention and the promotion of mental health. Per the CDC, depression is the most common type of mental illness, affecting more than 26% of the adult population and is estimated to become the leading cause of disability throughout the world by year 2020. In 2014, Douglas County saw a 1300% increase in opioid-related deaths when compared to 1999; Emergency Department (ED) visit rates more than doubled from 2014 to 2015 for disorders related to all drug use.
Learn more about Mental/Behavioral Health as a public health issue.
Social and Community Context
Neighborhood and Built Environment
What Are We Doing About It?
Here is how we can work together to improve behavioral health in our community:
- Explore partnerships to improve access to behavioral health services.
- Check out Cobb and Douglas County’s Safety Net Programs for a listing of local community clinics.
Click here for the current community metrics.
Click here for the Mental/Behavioral Health Action Plan.
Want to help us improve behavioral health in Douglas County? Click the button below to fill out our contact form to get in touch with someone from the Implementation Team, and find out how YOU can get involved in your community!