Written by the INARF 2021 Annual Conference Partner, Meridian Health Services.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected many people’s mental health. In the U.S. about 4 in 10 adults have reported increased symptoms of anxiety and depression, a 300% increase from 2019. Additionally, research has long indicated that individuals with IDD are at higher risk of developing mental health issues than the neuro-typical population.
Meridian Health Services acknowledges this increase and is ready to provide the tools and support needed to increase “whole-person” health, including a dynamic educational track that will provide many tools to help wellness. Our dual diagnosis track will feature a session aimed at techniques to support goal achievement while honoring autonomy and self-direction. A second session will provide tools for decoding the behaviors messages. There will also be several sessions focused on self-care and avoiding burnout.
This year has been difficult for our staff, and we know we are not alone. We hope that you will join us and be able to take several helpful strategies back to your staff and co-workers to increase mindfulness, set boundaries, as well as feel safe, connected and in control.
We will also be happy to discuss our “whole-person” health programs with you. Meridian Health Services continues to have the only outpatient mental health program in Indiana that is accredited by NADD. Our Connxxions program supports individuals with both IDD and mental health needs without ever impacting their waiver budgets. We also continue to expand our primary care and dental services into new communities. Please stop by our booths to learn more about how we can work together for the well-being of those we serve.