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Over 70 percent of adolescents aged 12-17 who had been diagnosed with depression did not receive treatment and almost 55 percent of adults aged 18 or older did not receive treatment for a mental health issue according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2014 year-end report. In many of these situations, the individuals did not have access to mental health care due to lack of local providers, traveling distance and/or cost.
With those statistics in mind, the Baptist Health Behavioral Service Clinics offer distance counseling services. Through distance counseling, a counselor located in Little Rock can provide services to individuals across the state via encrypted video or email or by telephone. The encrypted video link is provided by Baptist Health and simply requires the individual to have access to a computer with a camera and a microphone. All emails with a counselor are encrypted by Baptist Health providing secure communication. Clients across Arkansas will have access to the same services provided at the Little Rock-based counseling center including personal counseling; marriage, family and relationship counseling; critical incident debriefing; conflict management/resolution; assessment and referral; work and career issues; grief/bereavement counseling; stress management; basic life skills; financial counseling; and spiritual direction.
Distance counseling will be conducted Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours by appointment. To schedule an appointment, please call 501-487-6010.
People of all faiths are accepted at the Behavioral Service Clinics and through the distance counseling services.