Mental health encompasses all aspects of an individual’s life and includes their emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. This is important because it affects their cognition, perception, and behavior, and determines how they handle stress, interpersonal relationships, and make decisions. Therefore, it is important to have a comprehensive mental health plan in place.
Medicare covers mental health care for both inpatient and outpatient services. It also covers prescription medications through a Medicare Advantage Plan or PDP. For inpatient services, Medicare covers up to 10 sessions per calendar year with a Medicare-certified mental health professional. These visits can be with a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, or occupational therapist.
The Biden plan also stresses the importance of developing a pipeline of qualified mental health providers. The plan cites a severe shortage of providers in the United States. The Biden plan would increase access to the field by providing more training opportunities and scholarships. However, this plan would not be able to change the current system of mental health care, and it requires new legislation from Congress.
In addition to the health care providers listed in the plan, the GP will discuss the patient’s mental health problems and determine what outcomes they would like to achieve. In many cases, the GP will also refer the patient to other allied mental health professionals as needed. Initial consultations will focus on the patient’s experiences, feelings, and symptoms. A diary can be helpful in this process. Depending on the needs of the patient, the GP may recommend a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, occupational therapist, or other health professional. Subsidised sessions may be provided for up to ten sessions annually.
In addition to the benefits of a mental health plan, companies should adopt a positive work culture to support employees’ mental health. The company should have a written mental health policy that clearly explains what to do if an employee is suffering from a mental disorder, as well as a list of resources. They should also implement a mental health assistance program that offers free counselling and evidence-based care.
Having a mental health plan at school is also important for the students’ well-being. It helps to prioritize a student’s mental health, especially when they move away from home for the first time. This can also help them seek appropriate help once they are away from home. Developing a mental health plan is not something that should be put off until the last minute.
Ultimately, the World Health Organization’s mental health plan relies on psychologists to implement the action plan. They can help identify the right psychological interventions and track progress toward the plan’s goals. The goal of a mental health plan is to increase the overall quality of life for people living with mental health problems.