Behavioral Health Programs
Behavioral health involves the impact of behaviors on the well-being of the body and the mind. It involves making healthy choices. These choices can impact a variety of areas – everything from eating habits and exercise to coping with various mental health challenges. Behavioral health is distinct from mental health, which the World Health Organization (WHO) defines as "a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” While aspects of behavioral health include mental health, it is often considered a broader term that addresses both physical and mental wellness. BH WELL focuses on addressing behaviors that affect the 8 dimensions of wellness endorsed by SAMHSA: Emotional, Spiritual, Intellectual, Physical, Environmental, Financial, Occupational, and Social.
Substance use disorders occur when recurring use of alcohol and/or drugs, including tobacco, cause significant impairment such as health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home. The coexistence of both a mental health and a substance use disorder is referred to as co-occurring disorders. BH WELL’s mission is to promote behavioral health and wellness among individuals facing behavioral health challenges, including substance use disorders.