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Overcoming a stigma status for behavioral health with virtual care.

Making behavioral health a priority is easier said than done. From stigmas surrounding mental illness to lack of affordable and accessible care, there are often multiple health care obstacles for people to get the help they need. However, with resources like apps for self-care and virtually enabled care, technology is helping to make behavioral health care more accessible for everyone.

Those suffering from behavioral health disorders are recognizing that virtual care can often be a highly effective solution. Statistics show that nearly 42 million Americans have anxiety disorders and more than 16 million suffer from major depression. But most haven’t received treatment in the prior year. That’s problematic because in the U.S., a majority of those with a behavioral health issue also have other chronic health conditions, such as hypertension or diabetes. For people dealing with multiple conditions, a single point of virtual access to answers for their health care needs can ultimately mean improved outcomes through better care coordination.

The initial steps of knowing who to ask for help as well as how to ask can be difficult. Thankfully, technology is now helping people take those first steps with the emergence of virtually enabled care.

Much of virtual care’s appeal lies in accessibility and convenience. Treating behavioral health becomes easier, less costly and less stigmatized when treatments can take place in a virtual setting. Getting care from the privacy of one’s home removes a major hurdle that many have struggled to overcome.

To find out more about how you or a loved one can get help for behavioral issues virtually, visit an Ascension provider at,