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Overcoming Barriers to Mental Health

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In partnership with Chicago-based WGN Radio, Adler has created the podcast On Social Health and Change—a weekly series, in which faculty, students, and community partners address social justice issues.

In Episode 9, we look at solutions to the barriers to mental health, including the effects of stigma, a disconnect from the larger medical community, and a basic lack of providers.

Part 1: Integrating Behavioral and Mental Health in Primary Care

NeilNeil Bockian, Ph.D., professor in Adler’s Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program, explains the far-reaching benefits of staffing psychologists on primary care teams.

“Any kind of stress management program is going to help with this wide array of health outcomes—not just with mental health outcomes, like depression and anxiety, but with physical health outcomes like high blood pressure, heart disease and infectious disease.”

Listen to Neil’s interview on WGN

Part 2: Reducing Stigma and Understanding Mental Health

LeighLeigh Johnson-Migalski, Psy.D., professor in Adler’s Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program, discusses the perspectives and priorities that set Adlerian psychologists apart.

“Adlerians, when we’re looking at mental illness, we really see it’s people not understanding how to make sense of what’s going on and how to overcome some stressor that they’re currently dealing with. And so we really try to help them figure out a new way to operate, whether it’s changing how they’re perceiving the situation or changing the circumstances.”

Listen to Leigh’s interview on WGN

Part 3: A Solution in Prescriptive Authority

JoeJoe Troiani, Ph.D., professor in Adler’s Master’s in Psychology: Specialization in Military Psychology program and president-elect of the Illinois Psychological Association, explains how granting prescriptive authority to psychologists can dramatically improve access to mental healthcare in underserved communities.

“There’s an especially critical shortage of psychiatrists serving populations that are in need. I’m talking about the chronically mentally ill, those in socio-economic statuses that don’t allow them to afford a private psychiatrist, and especially in our poor communities.”

Listen to Joe’s interview on WGN