There Is No Health Without Mental Health

More than one out of every four Americans will experience a mental illness during their lifetime. Mental or emotional challenges can affect all aspects of our lives. Mental illness can also take its toll on our physical health and cause stomach and back pain, headaches, insomnia, brain fog, GI issues, and more.

As one of the premier providers of behavioral health services in the state, the team at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center recognize that when treating mental illness, a complete mind-body approach works best for improving overall health. The Medical Center offers diversified treatment programs that offer individualized care in a warm, supportive atmosphere for children, teens, adult, and geriatric patients.

For those who need intensive treatment and observation, the Medical Center offers adult and geriatric units that are structured to meet the unique needs of those who will benefit from a safe and protective environment. The Medical Center is one of only eleven Children’s Crisis Intervention Services (CCIS) inpatient units in New Jersey, providing safe and effective inpatient treatment for patients ages five through 17.

The Acute Partial Hospital Program (APH) is an option for those whose mental health challenges require more intensive outpatient treatment. The goal of APH is to focus on stabilization, assessment, and treatment of planning. The program offers a Mental Health and Dual Diagnosis track for patients who are also dealing with a substance use disorder. 

The pandemic saw a rise in the number of Americans experiencing substance use disorders due to isolation and alienation, loss of employment, the inability to engage with loved ones, and more. Bergen New Bridge has a full range of services from withdrawal management, inpatient and outpatient treatment, medication-assisted treatment, and recovery to support those facing substance use disorders.

One of the newest behavioral health services at Bergen New Bridge is the Center for Eating Disorders & Body Positivity which offers outpatient individualized care focusing on obtaining a positive body image and understanding how food and nutrition affect people. The Hope & Resiliency Center for Youth recently launched a Body Positivity Program for those ages 13 to 17. The Center’s primary mission is to address at-risk adolescents’ unique mental health needs to improve their ability to function successfully at home, at school, and in the community.

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center is focused on decreasing the stigma around mental illness, educating people about mental health issues, and promoting available resources and support for individuals struggling with mental health conditions. If you or a loved one are experiencing mental health challenges, you should seek help from a mental health professional. Primary care physicians can also play an important role by making referrals to mental health professionals and providing guidance on treatment options.

There is no health without mental health. Prioritize self-care and reach out for help and support if you or a loved one are facing a mental health challenge.