Mental and behavioral health continues to be a top identified need among Cabarrus County residents and community stakeholders. Mental health includes an individuals emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Good mental wellness is important at every stage of life, but limited access to services and providers, as well as the stigma associated with mental illness have left many individuals feel isolated and alone. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), people with co-occuring disorders are at risk for developing one or more primary conditions or chronic diseases (HIV, Hep C). The coexistence of both a mental illness and a substance use disorder, are known as co-occuring disorders. Evidence has also shown that individuals diagnosed with chronic health conditions or disease like cancer, diabietes, chronic pain and heart disease are at higher risk of suffering from a mental illness as well.
Just like physical health, mental health needs to be taken care of and maintained, with available, affordable, and timely access to care. Access to mental and behavioral healthcare has been identified as a priority need in Cabarrus County since 2012. This result statement and local community health improvement plan (CHIP)align with Healthy NC 2030 indicator:
- Health Indicator 19: Suicide Rate or Self Harm