Event Title

Biopsychosocial Approaches to Mental Health

Location

Madison Board Room, Hotel Madison, JMU

Start Date

4-5-2019 4:50 PM

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Many systems used in current medical fields still emphasize the biomedical diagnostic model to treat patients rather than a more encompassing biopsychosocial approach in preventative practice. We must not only understand the neurobiological and behavioral basis and diagnoses of mental illness, but also understand the social, political, environmental and cultural influences that determine perception and accessibility to mental health resources. We need this in order to develop awareness and effective interventions across diverse populations. I will share information about the existence and perception mental health disparities, its impacts on individual and community mental health, and the key physiological and psychological explanations of mental illness. In the future we must design new programs for the upstream approach to mental health care access that encompass a more global perspective on mental illness.

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Apr 5th, 4:50 PM

Biopsychosocial Approaches to Mental Health

Madison Board Room, Hotel Madison, JMU

Many systems used in current medical fields still emphasize the biomedical diagnostic model to treat patients rather than a more encompassing biopsychosocial approach in preventative practice. We must not only understand the neurobiological and behavioral basis and diagnoses of mental illness, but also understand the social, political, environmental and cultural influences that determine perception and accessibility to mental health resources. We need this in order to develop awareness and effective interventions across diverse populations. I will share information about the existence and perception mental health disparities, its impacts on individual and community mental health, and the key physiological and psychological explanations of mental illness. In the future we must design new programs for the upstream approach to mental health care access that encompass a more global perspective on mental illness.