Is there something wrong with “behavioral health”?

REBLOG: Original post by Ashley of “Mental Health @ Home” – After reading this particular entry, I found myself very annoyed. Mind you, not by Ashley. By the standards of the SAMHSA. Please read.

Mental Health @ Home

SAMHSA: Behavioral health is essential to healthSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

In my local health care system in Canada, the term behavioral health isn’t used, but I’ve seen it used a fair bit in the context of other mental health systems.  As far as I can tell it’s mostly an American term.  Since it’s relatively new to me, I tend to consider it from a more literal perspective rather than accepting it out of familiarity, and it actually strikes me as rather offensive.

According to the United States governmental agency the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), behavioral health is:

“a state of mental/emotional being and/or choices and actions that affect wellness.  Substance abuse and misuse are one set of behavioral health problems. Others include (but are not limited to) serious psychological distress, suicide, and mental illness.”

Behavioral health care includes health promotion, prevention, treatment, and maintenance strategies across a continuum…

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