Webinar Recap: Early Intervention Strategies to Address Behavioral Health Risk and Suicide Prevention

In partnership with Hospitalogy, NeuroFlow recently hosted a virtual discussion on population risk management and suicide prevention. The panelists explored the impact behavioral health has on risk as well as strategies to identify behavioral health risk early to prevent crises. Hospitalogy founder Blake Madden led the discussion with Dr. Ish Bhalla, Medical Director of Behavioral Health Value Transformation at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Dr. Kristin Tugman, VP of Holistic Wellness at Prudential Financial, and Dr. Tom Zaubler, Chief Medical Officer at NeuroFlow.

Read on for key takeaways from the panel, and watch some of the best moments below.

Behavioral Health Has a Big Impact on Physical Health and Financial Risk

Historically, behavioral health and physical health have been treated separately, but over the past few decades research has demonstrated their deep connection. In fact, unaddressed behavioral health needs increase an individual’s risk, contributing to physical health challenges like hypertension or heart attack. “If you ignore it and you don’t invest appropriately in high quality behavioral health care, you’re going to pay for it in some other way, usually from bad outcomes,” said Dr. Bhalla. 

Moving Upstream Can Solve Behavioral Health Access Challenges

One of the reasons behavioral health isn’t addressed early is lack of access, explained Dr. Tugman. There simply aren’t enough therapists to address the behavioral health needs of the populations providers and payers are managing. Instead, organizations like Prudential, which provides disability insurance to employers, are finding creative ways to move upstream and educate people about behavioral health and connect them to appropriate resources before more costly interventions are required.

Technology Plays a Big Role in Addressing Behavioral Health and Suicide Prevention

“Digital technologies allow you to be there at critical moments,” said Dr. Zaubler. Because behavioral health can change quickly—suicidal ideation can progress to an attempt in less than 10 minutes— many people in need of support cannot easily access a medical professional. Technology can help intervene in these moments, not only identifying risk, but connecting individuals to support resources and crisis response teams in the moments they need them most. 

Watch the full webinar here, and for even more insight and practical strategies on suicide prevention, download our latest whitepaper, “Prevention in the Moments That Matter: Strategies for Healthcare Leaders Addrssing the Suicide Epidemic.

Ellen Harvey is the Senior Content Marketing Manager at NeuroFlow. She has over nine years of experience writing about technology and innovation for business leaders. At NeuroFlow, she writes about prominent trends in behavioral health and illustrates how NeuroFlow's technology helps healthcare, payor, and government organizations improve the well-being of their constituents.

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