May is Mental Health Month

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At Hospital for Behavioral Medicine, we are celebrating Mental Health Month. We appreciate the ongoing support of our staff and the opportunity to make a difference in our community. If you have questions and are looking to raise awareness on Mental Health, please join us by downloading the mental health toolkit for resources, statistics and more.

In-Person and Virtual PHP Now Available!

Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is located at 100 Century Drive, Worcester, MA, and it is now offering mental health services virtually and in-person. Our groups run daily from 9am-2pm, and include lunch.

Adults in need of mental health treatment can access group and individual sessions on a daily basis.

We have immediate openings for in-person and virtual adult mental health PHP clients.

Call today for a no-cost assessment to determine eligibility at 1-844-319-0000.

Tufts PAWS for People partners to offer Therapeutic Pet Services to HBM Patients

On Saturday, March 18th, 2023, the PAWS for People program, which is associated with the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, sent four handlers and their respective pets to visit with and be available for patients from our Thrive (adolescent) and our Empower (trauma) units. Each unit was escorted to our PHP unit where there were three dogs and one cat awaiting their love.

The program which is coordinated by Deb Gibbs, Program Director, was on hand to facilitate the volunteer handlers throughout the visit. The dogs, Bosco, Gemma, and Maui, were all delighted to be brushed, petted and loved during their time at HBM. The cat, MacKenzie, an orange Scottish Fold registered therapy cat, might have created the biggest buzz by lying on a table awaiting love from anyone and everyone. He was the sweetest, purring animal and showcased what the program is all about – unconditional love from an animal.

As we move forward working together, we will be adding more scheduled times for PAWS for People to drop in and spend time with whichever animals they have available. Animal therapy has been proven to have such benefits as reduced stress and overall help with a more balanced mental and emotional state.

Adolescent Mental Health Treatment and Simultaneous Schooling

At HBM, we offer an adolescent program, ages 11-17, that incorporates the school day into the treatment. Our mental health programming for adolescents, which is named “Thrive”, espouses programs such as Compassion and Dependency, Trauma and the Understanding of it, Cultural Humility and Responsiveness, and Family Dynamics, we also offer schooling for the adolescents in the program. The assigned staff teacher keeps the student on track, gaining forward momentum in their mental health and their education.

The ability to bond and communicate as a group and identify key issues is a critical part of the daily programming. The adolescents learn to relate and build resiliency in order to recover from setbacks. Becoming more resilient can offer individuals the opportunity to improve their life, maximizing their potential and success moving forward. Setting up each individual with a path for their future is our goal.

If you have questions about your child’s mental health, please give us a call today. We offer free assessments and can help guide you into a program that is best for your child.

Adolescent Mental Health Statistics and Getting Help at HBM

The 2022 statistics are out – and there is much insight taken from the numbers. In a report written by MHA (Mental Health America) National Organization, it calculates that the actual number of children without mental health coverage is 1.9% in Massachusetts to as high as 17.7% in Arkansas.

The rate of children with private insurance without coverage for mental or emotional problems is up 0.3% year over year, and yet there are still 950,000 youth in America without coverage for their behavioral or mental health.

Massachusetts ranks number three in the “rate of students identified as having an emotional disturbance for an IEP” at 20.22 students per 1,000.

If any of these statistics ring true for you and your family, and if you find yourself struggling with your child’s mental health, emotional disturbance or need for a little extra support, Hospital for Behavioral Medicine in Worcester is here to help. The adolescent program for ages 13 to 17 is an in-patient program that helps those with psychiatric symptoms that prevent them from functioning safely at home, school or community.

In November of 2022, we will be opening our child program for ages 3 to 12, providing a therapeutic and safe environment for our patients to recognize their behavioral and mental health needs and to develop coping skills to address the issues to help your child get back to living a safe life.

If insurance issues prevent you from getting help, call us – we can guide you. If your child has an IEP that you’d like our therapeutic approach to improve it – get connected.

There is no longer a reason to suffer, we welcome referrals from families, mental health professionals and healthcare providers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Please call intake today at 774-314-3490 for a clinical assessment today.

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!

As we celebrate the holiday season, we would like to take a moment to express our gratitude and appreciation for our community partners.

Thank you for your dedication and commitment to those we serve.
We couldn’t do what we do without you.

We look forward to a new year as we continue to work together to provide hope and help for our patients and their families.

The Team at Hospital for Behavioral Medicine

Walgreens and Mental Health America are Teaming Up to Help Those in Need this Holiday Season

Walgreens is kicking this off with a $500,000 donation and will match every dollar donated, up to an additional $500,000 through 12/31/2021.

76% of HBM Employees Vaccinated!

The Hospital for Behavioral Medicine is proud to share that 76% of our employees have been vaccinated! #HBM #76% #mentalhealthawareness #ourstaffareamazing

Scared and anxious about returning to offices, restaurants, and other public places?

Great interview on NPR with Samuel Nordberg about anxiety and returning to work and school.

Click Here to Read the Article

How to Recognize and Address Seasonal Depression

Are you impacted by seasonal depression? This article offers a few recommendations on how to best manage your symptoms.

The Hospital for Behavioral Medicine has availability in our inpatient units and in our outpatient partial hospitalization programs. To make a referral or to schedule an assessment, please call our intake department at: 774-314-3490. For more information about our programs please visit our website.

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