California Surgeon General Urges Hospitals to Screen Patients for … – Becker’s Hospital Review
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The California Surgeon General has recently issued a call to action for hospitals across the state to begin screening patients for mental health issues. This call to action was issued in response to the increasing prevalence of mental health issues in the state, which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The California Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, is urging hospitals to implement screening protocols for mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The goal of these screenings is to identify patients who are at risk for mental health issues and provide them with the necessary resources and support to address their needs.
The California Surgeon General believes that mental health screenings should be incorporated into routine medical care, just like any other physical health issue. She also believes that these screenings should be conducted in a manner that is respectful and non-stigmatizing, so that patients feel comfortable discussing their mental health concerns.
The California Surgeon General’s call to action is part of a larger effort to address the mental health crisis in the state. In addition to screenings, she is also advocating for increased access to mental health services, such as counseling and therapy. She believes that these services should be available to all Californians, regardless of their ability to pay.
The California Surgeon General’s call to action is an important step in addressing the mental health crisis in the state. By implementing routine mental health screenings in hospitals, more patients can be identified and provided with the resources they need to address their mental health issues. This will help ensure that all Californians have access to the care they need to maintain their mental wellbeing.
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