May is Mental Health Awareness Month - Mental Illness is Common and TreatableMay 13, 2019
New Aspirus Riverview Behavioral Health Clinic is Here to Help
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – May is Mental Health Awareness Month. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about one in five American adults experiences mental illness in a given year. One in five people between the ages of 13 and 18 will face a severe mental disorder at some point during life.
The Wisconsin Rapids area used to be like many communities, struggling with a shortage of mental health care services. The new Aspirus Riverview Behavioral Health Clinic is changing that, thanks to the organizations that collaborated to make the clinic a reality – Aspirus, Aspirus Riverview Foundation and Legacy Foundation of Central Wisconsin (an independent organization created in 2015 through investments from Riverview Hospital Association and Aspirus).
Located on the Aspirus Riverview Hospital campus in Wisconsin Rapids, the clinic has cared for more than 600 people since opening its doors six months ago. Here are some comments from patients and loved ones:
“I really appreciate you following up and calling to check on me and the starting of my new medication.”
“We are coming from Mosinee to see (child psychiatrist) Dr. Russeth because we have heard such great things about her from my friend who brings her son to your clinic.”
“I am really appreciative of the time (psychiatric nurse practitioner) Krista took with me at my appointment.”
“The behavioral health nurse was able to work with a provider to get my daughter in for an urgent appointment.”
The clinic’s staff includes:
One child psychiatrist.
One adult psychiatrist.
One psychiatric certified nurse practitioner.
One licensed clinical social worker who specializes in children and adolescents.
One licensed clinical social worker who specializes in adults.
Two behavioral health coordinators.
One behavioral health nurse.
One medical assistant.
These professionals are trained to treat:
ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).
Autism spectrum disorders.
Other mental health disorders.
Mental illnesses are common and real, and recovery is possible. If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental health disorder, ask your primary care provider for a referral to Aspirus Riverview Behavioral Health Clinic or call the clinic directly at 715.422.9319 and ask to speak to a behavioral health coordinator.
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Some members of the Aspirus Riverview Behavioral Health Clinic team gather in the clinic, which is located on the Aspirus Riverview Hospital campus in Wisconsin Rapids. Since opening last fall, the clinic has cared for more than 600 people.