Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Mental health and wellness in sickle cell disease

A growing concern among the sickle cell community surrounds the lack of mental health and wellness services. Many in the community deal with anxiety and depression. It is well known how intricately connected mental and physical health are. So if we know that stress can trigger a psychological crisis which in turn triggers a physical pain crisis, why do we not automatically include mental health services within patient care plans?

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Many in the SCD community feel like providers do not take a proactive approach to mental health. A comprehensive approach to developing mental health and wellness services and programs provides an opportunity to address factors contributing to morbidity, and perhaps mortality, in the SCD community, outside of the hospital walls.

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Idea No. 721