The following profiles in our annual Mental Health Resource Guide highlight mental health providers in central Arkansas who are available to assist you, your children, friends or other loved ones.

Behavioral Health Services of Arkansas

The BridgeWay

Conway Behavioral Health Hospital

New Beginnings Behavioral Health Services LLC

Mental Health Resource Guide Spotlights
Families, Inc. Counseling Services | Methodist Family Health
Rice Clinic | Rivendell

1 in 5 adults have a mental health condition
11.1% of youth have depression
80% of those young people will get no or insufficient treatment
53.5% of adults in Arkansas with a mental illness will receive no mental health treatment

Striking and almost unimaginable, these statistics — though they capture only a fragment of the issue’s true scope — hint at just how encompassing the clutches of mental illness can be.

When dealing with something that affects nearly everyone in their lifetime, it’s crucial to remove the stigmas that come with mental illness so that when signs are recognized, people receive immediate help.

Society is making big strides in the realm of mental wellness, particularly in recent years. Peggy Kelly, the chief clinical officer of Youth Home, Inc. and its outpatient clinic Behavioral Health Services of Arkansas, points to positive indicators like private insurers and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services beginning to acknowledge and pay for more mental health interventions and treatment.

“We have every reason to be optimistic that access to care and better, more effective treatment is on the horizon for a number of reasons,” Kelly says.

Here, Kelly, a licensed professional counselor, breaks down current progress of mental health in the U.S.:

• “To address the mental health needs of their patients, many primary care providers are integrating behavioral health care services into their setting. Models have emerged that include the use of care managers, behavioral health consultants, behaviorists or consultation models. Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended doctors screen all of their patients age 12 and older for depression.”

• “Pharmacogenomics, the study of how our genes metabolize and breakdown medications, has led doctors to tests — some as simple as a cheek swab — determining which psychiatric medication is best for patients who experience side effects or don’t respond well to some medications. This has become a standard of care among physicians in some settings and among some insurance providers in an effort to reduce the trial and error that delays appropriate treatment.”

• “The digital world of tele-psychiatry allows patients in rural areas to access the services of advanced practice nurses or psychiatrists to help diagnose and treat mental health conditions.”

• “In 2008, the FDA approved transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. TMS is typically used when other depression treatments haven’t been effective.”