To improve the health of the people we serve.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines mental health as a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. Mental illnesses can dramatically impact the overall state of health; decreasing community participation, productivity, and personal well-being.
Mental illnesses should be a particular concern in West Virginia as a recent survey ranked us 4th in prevalence of residents experiencing some sort of mental health disorder. A Mental Health America study, ranked West Virginia 2nd highest in prevalence of depression, in fact, according to WHO, depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States for individual ages 15 to 44. Mental illness is crippling to the United States economics, as an estimated $31 billion per year is lost in productivity due to various mental disorders.
One in three West Virginia families are affected by such disorders as depression, anxiety, phobias, schizophrenia, ADHD, bipolar disorders, eating disorders, suicide or drug and alcohol abuse. Highland has been providing understanding, support, and family-focused behavioral health treatment since 1955. And now we finally have a physical environment that matches our quality of care. We help patients of all ages from all across West Virginia overcome their issues and assist them in being mentally and physically well.
There are no quick fixes for mental illnesses, however these conditions are treatable. The treatment philosophy within the Highland family of companies is although mental illness may be a chronic and co-occurring disease with risk of relapse, patients can and do get better. Research continues to demonstrate that treatment consisting of individual and group psychotherapy, proven medications and peer support helps patients cope with their issues and allows them to function in our society.
Now more than ever, behavioral health treatment is proving to be of vital significance to our society. We will always work hard on behalf of the thousands of patients we care for which, in turn, creates a better West Virginia.