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May is Mental Health Month

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Prairie du Chien, WI – Crossing Rivers Health is joining Mental Health America to create awareness that mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being. Mental illnesses are both common and treatable.

“Over time, many people with mental health conditions say that treatment helps them feel stronger, have a greater ability to cope with symptoms, and develop skills for building their relationships and pursuing goals. In fact, most people who seek professional help feel better,” according to Mental Health America (mentalhealthamerica.net). “For example, more than 80 percent of people treated for depression improve, and treatment for panic disorders has up to a 90 percent success rate.”

Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien offers Behavioral Health Services using video equipment and online technology to conduct a live consultation with Dr. V. Chowdary Jampala, Board-Certified Psychiatrist. Dr. Jampala has 38 years of experience as Chief of Mental Health Departments within the Veteran’s Health Administration (VA) system and at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center. In both his work with the VA and in private practice, Dr. Jampala has treated a wide spectrum of patients, including those with Serious Mental Illness (SMI), ADHD, and depression/anxiety. He is a certified buprenorphine prescriber, and has worked with patients on opioid substitution. In 2016, Dr. Jampala received the rare honor of being a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. In addition to his medical training, Dr. Jampala has specific expertise on the brain-behavior relationship, completed ten years of research as a Neuropsychology Ph.D. candidate, and has been honored with the NARSAD Young Investigator Award and the IAPA Scientific Achievement Award.

Crossing Rivers Health Telebehavioral health offers more options to schedule an appointment locally, offering convenience for patients and reducing time and travel costs. Most importantly, patients receive timely, quality care that is equivalent to a face-to-face consultation with a physician.

Mary Frances McClimon, Behavioral Health Registered Nurse at Crossing Rivers Health, guides patients through the telebehavioral health appointment and is a local resource for anyone with questions or concerns relating to behavioral health.

“It takes a very strong person to seek help,” encouraged McClimon. “If you or someone you know could benefit from talking with someone, contact me and I can help. You are not alone.”

Making an appointment is a huge sign of strength. Crossing Rivers Health Center for Specialty Care is located within the North Entrance of the Medical Center on the second floor. Call 608.357.2525 or visit crossingrivers.org/behavioralhealth to schedule an appointment.