Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA) has revealed its plans to develop further mental health services. These proposed offerings include behavioural health treatment, wide array of mental health treatment options, and awareness campaigns.
This new mental health initiative is in line with the beginning of Mental Health Month this May, which is committed to raising nationwide awareness about the importance of mental health and the many illnesses confronting it.
American Mental Health
Nearly 10% of Americans are said to have mental health problems. However, patients have a great adherence to proper treatment. Almost half of those suffering from mental health issues do not seek medical hlp. Dr. Harry Leider, WBA Chief Medical Officer (CMO), said that this has always been the challenge to the general mental health welfare. Frankly speaking, mental health sickness affects more people than common health issues such as diabetes and heart disease.
Mental Health America (MHA) Collaboration
WBA is carrying out this new initiative together with community-based group MHA, which is dedicated to helping mental health patients. Under the partnership, WBA and MHA will launch an online portal that offers mental health screening services that are linked to the free scientific-based programs of MHA. The website will also be complete with information regarding common mental health issues such as schizophrenia, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive (OC) disorder, depression, among others. The companies expect to have screened about three million people by the end of next year.
According to Leider, many of those coming to WBA due to certain mental health conditions are not even aware. Given that, the company is more than delighted to introduce its new set of mental health platforms that promote awareness and medication.
Aside from the partnership with MHA to put up an online portal, WBA has also teamed up with the Breakthrough service of MDLIVE. This allows the company to provide behavioural telehealth services, improving patient convenience and access especially in communities that lack mental health support and ample services.
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