Voices for Health removes the barriers to quality and timely care that have prevented far too many talented individuals with mental illness from realizing their full potential. Through empowerment, education and advocacy initiatives, we transform the lives of people living with mental illness who are receiving inadequate or harmful treatment, or no treatment at all.
- We educate the media by changing perceptions and offering continuing education to healthcare providers and medical students about the effects of stigma and how to reduce it in clinical settings. We also offer courses on best practices for integrating mental health into primary care, understanding the intricacies of reimbursement for behavioral health services, how to support patients who are on waiting lists to see specialists, and strategies for maximizing patients’ engagement in their own treatment.
- We empower patients to find their own voices and be self-advocates, beginning with their impetus to seek care in the first place.
- We advocate for patients by providing individualized case management services at every step along the continuum of care.
- We advocate for legislative and regulatory policy changes that improve access to quality care.
- We are the voice for patients who have lost hope, are living in isolation or cannot speak for themselves.
We achieve our mission and make an impact through four strategic areas:
- Patient, caregiver and survivor services including Patient Engagement Advocates (licensed social workers), e-Support Networks, financial assistance, referrals for online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and for complementary/integrative therapies, and an evidence-based Patient Empowerment Program offered through the Voices for Health Institute (VFHI), designed to give patients the tools to improve their self-concept, develop the confidence to seek treatment, and maintain their gains following treatment.
- Media and communications initiatives through blogs, PSAs, patient stories, social media infographics, publications, videos and educational campaigns.
- Provider education on the effects of stigma on patients’ engagement in their treatment and on current best practices for reducing stigma in clinical settings, offered through the VFHI.
- Legislative advocacy focused on improving access to quality care for people living with mental illness.