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May is Mental Health Month: -Do More For 1 in 4'

May 22, 2012

Mental health, substance use conditions common, but treatable; Individuals can live productive lives

Nashville, Tenn., (May 22, 2012) – An estimated one in four American adults live with a diagnosable, treatable mental health condition.

During national Mental Health Month, TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion is encouraging the community to ‘Do More For 1 in 4’ by helping raise awareness about behavioral health resources and treatment available in the community.

“We want people to know that while mental health and substance use conditions are common, they are extremely treatable and individuals can go on to recover and lead full and productive lives,” said Allen Bartels, administrator of TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion.

Bartels said too many people – nearly 50 percent- who are living with a mental health condition never seek or receive help due to stigma, lack of information, cost, or lack of health care insurance coverage.

“Increasing discussions about mental health will help change that equation and help our families, friends and co-workers who may be reluctant to ask for help or who don’t know where to find it,” he said. “There are many community and national resources that can help people find support and treatment, including right here in Nashville.”

TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion offers help and hope for individuals age 18 or older. Individualized programs address a broad range of psychiatric illnesses, including: depression, bipolar and psychotic disorders; mood and anxiety disorders; alcohol and drug abuse; and Alzheimer’s disease and other geriatric illnesses. A team of experienced psychiatrists, nurses, clinical pharmacists, counselors, social workers, art therapists, recreation therapists, music therapists, case managers, and patient advocates work closely with family members and outside clinicians for a smooth transition among levels of care and to help encourage patient re-integration following treatment.

“The good news is that mental health conditions are diagnosable and treatable,” said Bartels. “If you believe you or a loved one may be suffering from a mental health condition, take the first step and contact a physician. It could be a life-changing decision.”

Mental Health Month was created more than 60 years ago by Mental Health America to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of mental wellness for all. This year’s theme is ‘Do More For 1 in 4.’ For more information on behavioral health services offered by TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion and TriStar Health, visit www.TriStarHealth.com.

Celebrating 44 years of providing quality healthcare to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and the surrounding region, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is a 657-bed comprehensive facility offering medical and surgical programs including behavioral health, 24-hour emergency, heart and vascular, imaging, neurosciences, oncology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, sleep disorder, and women’s services. An affiliate of TriStar Health, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is home to TriStar Centennial Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s, TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center as well as TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, one of the oldest and largest full-service psychiatric facilities in the region. Round-the-clock care is also available at TriStar Ashland City, a critical access hospital in nearby Cheatham County. The new TriStar Emergency Room at Spring Hill will provide 24-hour emergency care for nearby Spring Hill, Tenn., and surrounding communities when it opens in 2013. For more information about the services offered and health plans accepted by TriStar Centennial Medical Center or TriStar Health System, call TriStar MedLine at (615) 342-1919 or (800) 242-5662, or visit TriStarHealth.com and choose TriStar Centennial Medical Center. TriStar Centennial Medical Center is located at 2300 Patterson Street in Nashville.

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