Video: The Intersection Of Physical And Mental Health

Is there a relationship between physical and mental health? Can your regular doctor help you with mental or behavioral health questions? What should you look for and ask about when advocating for necessary services for yourself or someone you care about? With the progress of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Mental Health Parity Act, the balance between the physical and mental health of individuals with disabilities is receiving more attention. As insurance and programs begin to provide an overlay of mental health services as a component of parity, it is critical that individuals understand the intersection of physical and mental health to access necessary and appropriate services. This session, originally delivered at The 15th Annual Family Cafe in June 2013, explores the connection between physical and mental health, how they can offset one another, and how to discuss your mental health needs in relation to physical health issues. Watch the full-length video here.