Mental Health & Mental Disorders
Current Situation - Good mental health is important for overall physical health and well-being. Those with poor mental health have been shown to have higher incidences of multiple physical health problems. Individuals with serious and persistent mental illness die approximately 25 years younger than the average American. Women are more likely than men to suffer from mental illness. Reports from Allen County Vital Statistics show that middle-aged white men were more likely to commit suicide. Allen County is a Mental Health- Health Professional Shortage Area.
Key Data Points
- Local agencies and health care providers are working together to integrate mental health and physcial health care.
- The age-adjusted suicide rate in Allen County has decreased slightly from 11.9 per 100,000 in 2006-2008 to 11.4 per 100,000 in 2011-2013.
Opportunities for Improvement
- The number of Allen County youth seriously considering attempting suicide has increased from 11% in 2008 to 18% in 2013.
What is being done in our Community?
Partnership for Violence Free Families (PVFF) was established in 2001. Over the 12 years, PVFF has expanded prevention initiatives, now including substance abuse, campus violence, mental wellness, suicide, and gambling.
Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin Counties and partnering
agencies work to provide prevention and treatment services to area residents.
Coleman Professional Services provides behavioral health and rehabilitation programs. Residential services are also made available through this agency.
Family Resource Center provides specialized health services to youth and families.
Health Partners of Western Ohio provides on-site Mental Health Services for their clients.
SAFY Behavioral Services provides outpatient behavioral health services for any individual or family from birth through adulthood. Within this continuum of care, SAFY offers specialty services including: school based services, prevention/education groups, juvenile sex offender treatment, alcohol & drug addiction services, trauma based services, play therapy, autism interventions, and intensive home based services.
St. Rita's Medical Center provides a geriatric psychiatry program for persons 55 and older who are dealing with psychiatric stress. The adult psychiatry program is designed for patients 18-54 years of age. The Behavioral Access Center is also available to offer a streamlined approach to identifying and coordinating the most appropriate level of service needed.
Open Gate is a program that links residents to the programs or services they need to help lead a productive life. Over 30 agencies are represented at this monthly session.