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Recent Announcements

  1. The National 988 Suicide Lifeline Has Launched - Here’s How It Works

    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available nationwide! If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, text or call 9-8-8 to get assistance and support from trained counselors or help with finding local resources.
    By Roger Murray
  2. Telemynd Achieves HITRUST CSF® Certification to Manage Risk, Improve Security Posture, and Meet Compliance Requirements

    HITRUST CSF Certification validates Telemynd is committed to meeting key regulations and protecting sensitive information.
    Maynard, Massachusetts, December 6, 2021 – Telemynd, a leading provider of behavioral health solutions, today announced the MyCare telebehavioral health solution has earned Certified status for information security by HITRUST.
    HITRUST CSF Certified status demonstrates that the organization’s MyCare telebehavioral health solution has met key regulations and industry-defined requirements and is appropriately managing risk. This achievement places Telemynd in an elite group of organizations worldwide that have earned this certification. By including federal and state regulations, standards, and frameworks, and incorporating a risk-based approach, the HITRUST CSF helps organizations address these challenges through a comprehensive and flexible framework of prescriptive and scalable security controls.
    “Organizations, like ours, are under more pressure than ever to meet complex compliance and privacy requirements that include technical and process elements such as NIST, ISO, and COBIT,” said Patrick Herguth, Chief Executive Office at Telemynd. “We are pleased to demonstrate to our customers the highest standards for protecting sensitive data and information by achieving HITRUST CSF Certification.”
    “The HITRUST CSF Assurance Program is the most rigorous available, consisting of a multitude of quality assurance checks, both automated and manual,” said Bimal Sheth, Vice President of Assurance Services, HITRUST. “The fact that Telemynd has achieved HITRUST CSF Certification attests to the high quality of their information risk management and compliance program.”
     About Telemynd
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    Maynard, MA 01754
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    By Roger Murray
  3. Choosing Between A Prescriber Or Therapist?

    Both therapists and prescribers work with you to help improve your mental health, but they offer vastly different services. If you’ve decided it’s time to see a provider but you’re not sure what kind of support you need, read this guide to find out which could be the best fit for you.
    Therapist or Prescriber — Which Is Right For Me?
    By Roger Murray

Recent Blog Entries

  1. Unlocking the Power of Virtual Therapy

    In recent years, virtual therapy has emerged as a transformative alternative to traditional in-person counseling, revolutionizing mental health care accessibility and outreach. Understanding the dynamics and benefits of virtual therapy can empower individuals to make informed choices for their mental well-being, ushering in a new era of personalized and accessible therapy sessions.
    Exploring the Essence of Virtual Therapy
    Participating in virtual therapy is seamless; with a simple click, individuals can access a secure session tailored to their needs. Through video conferencing, the therapeutic journey unfolds, encompassing discussions on personal challenges, relationships, emotions, aspirations, and so much more, all guided by a licensed therapist dedicated to fostering growth and healing.
    Debunking Misconceptions Surrounding Virtual Therapy
    Addressing common concerns fosters clarity and trust in the efficacy of virtual therapy:
    Effectiveness: Extensive research underscores the efficacy of virtual therapy, mirroring the outcomes of traditional in-person sessions. Therapeutic Relationships: The virtual landscape nurtures authentic connections, transcending physical proximity and fostering trust and rapport between therapist and client. Scope of Treatment: Virtual therapy is a comprehensive platform for addressing diverse mental health concerns, offering tailored interventions and support for complex issues. Embracing the Benefits of Virtual Therapy
    Unlocking a myriad of advantages, virtual therapy heralds a new frontier in mental health care:
    Expanded Access: Virtual therapy breaks down geographical barriers, making mental health services accessible to people in remote or underserved areas. This approach is especially beneficial for those with disabilities, limited mobility, or those without reliable transportation, ensuring that everyone has equal access to vital care. Convenience and Comfort: Therapy sessions can be attended from the privacy and comfort of one’s own home, eliminating travel time and scheduling conflicts. This convenience allows individuals to seek help in a familiar and secure setting, which can enhance the therapeutic experience and encourage regular attendance. Specialized Treatment: Virtual therapy provides access to a broader range of specialists, enabling individuals to find therapists who are best suited to their specific needs. Whether it’s dealing with a specific type of situation, seeking experts in niche therapies, or requiring culturally competent therapists, virtual platforms connect clients to the most appropriate providers regardless of location. Support for Diverse Communities: Virtual therapy platforms often feature a wide array of therapists who understand and represent various cultural, professional, and gender identities, improving the likelihood that individuals can find a therapist who understands their personal experiences and who can offer highly relevant guidance and support. Stress Reduction: Virtual sessions minimize the anxiety that can come with in-person consultations, such as the stress of commuting and the discomfort some may feel in unfamiliar environments. By offering therapy in a personal, controlled space, virtual therapy fosters a calming atmosphere conducive to healing and self-exploration. By leveraging modern technology, virtual therapy not only extends its reach but also enhances the quality and suitability of mental health care, making it a pivotal element in the ongoing evolution of therapeutic practices.
    3 Ways to Optimize Your Virtual Therapy Sessions
    If you are ready to take the next step and begin virtual therapy, the following three tips can help you get started:
    Minimize Distractions: To maximize the effectiveness of your virtual therapy sessions, create an environment that minimizes distractions. Schedule appointments for times when you can ensure privacy and minimal interruptions. Silence or turn off your phone to avoid notifications. Additionally, attend to physical needs beforehand by having a snack and keeping water nearby. Set Up Your Space:Prepare your environment to foster a conducive atmosphere for therapy. Test your internet connection and ensure your camera, microphone, and speakers work properly. Remove clutter and minimize glare to maintain focus. Adjust lighting and temperature for comfort, and have a pad of paper and pen ready for note-taking. Prepare Mentally:Approach therapy with a positive mindset, recognizing it as a valuable step toward self-improvement. Prior to sessions, address any doubts or anxieties and mentally commit to the process. Compile a list of current issues, goals, or questions to discuss with your therapist, facilitating a more productive and focused session. Conclusion
    Embark on a transformative journey towards mental well-being with Telemynd, a trusted provider of online therapy services. With a commitment to accessibility, affordability, and compassionate care, Telemynd offers a therapy and psychiatry tailored to individual needs. Take the first step towards healing and self-discovery—contact Telemynd today by calling 866-991-2103 or visit www.telemynd.com to begin your wellness journey. 
  2. Military Spouse Appreciation Day 2024

    In honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Day, this article shines a light on the journey of military spouses. These incredible people show amazing strength, resilience, and adaptability as they navigate through the unique challenges that come with military life. From preparing for a big move because of a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) to dealing with the uncertainty when their spouse is deployed, military spouses face many tough situations that require a lot of courage and steadfastness. Despite these challenges, there's hope and support available through resources specifically designed for them. This article addresses the challenges military spouses face and introduces Telemynd, a source of support that provides specialized care committed to helping the military community. Today, we recognize and celebrate the determination and spirit of military spouses.
    The Life of a Military Spouse
    Imagine packing up your life and moving to a completely new location every few years. This is a reality for military spouses, who often navigate the PCS cycle with grace and resilience. Each move means leaving behind friends, communities, and the comfort of familiar settings to embrace the unknown. The search for new schools, healthcare providers, and local support systems becomes a recurring part of their lives. But beyond the logistical challenges lies an emotional journey—rebuilding friendships, finding community connections, and often, starting from scratch in establishing a sense of belonging. This constant state of transition can be both draining and isolating, highlighting the need for a stable source of support and understanding.
    Career Challenges for Military Spouses
    The transient nature of military life poses significant career challenges for military spouses. Frequent relocations can disrupt career progression, leading to gaps in employment that are difficult to explain on a resume. The uncertainty of the next move makes long-term career planning nearly impossible, often forcing spouses to opt for lower-paying or less fulfilling jobs that offer the necessary flexibility. Additionally, the solo management of household responsibilities during a spouse’s deployment adds another layer of stress, making the job search and career advancement even more challenging. The need for career support that acknowledges and accommodates the unique circumstances of military spouses is evident, pointing towards solutions that offer flexibility and understanding.
    Telemynd and the 4+1 Commitment
    Telemynd's engagement with the 4+1 Commitment highlights its dedication to supporting military spouses by adopting policies that facilitate their professional growth amidst the unique challenges of military life. This commitment encompasses facilitating job transferability, offering remote work and flexible hours, and providing PCS leave, alongside encouraging participation in government spouse employment programs. By integrating these practices, Telemynd not only aids in the career continuity for military spouses, who are a predominantly female, highly educated, and diverse workforce, but also enhances its organizational strength, tapping into the resilience and adaptability of this underutilized talent pool. This initiative, in partnership with organizations like Blue Star Families and Hiring Our Heroes, underscores Telemynd’s role in fostering an inclusive workplace that values the contributions of military spouses, thereby supporting their families' financial stability and contributing to the all-volunteer force's longevity.
    Telemynd’s Nationwide Services
    With a nationwide reach, Telemynd brings therapy and psychiatry services directly to military spouses, regardless of where they are in the United States, and is covered by TRICARE nationwide, meaning military spouses and families can access services without needing a referral. The platform's dedicated team of providers specializes in the military community's unique challenges, ensuring care is not just accessible but also highly relevant. Whether dealing with the stresses of PCS, navigating career challenges, or coping with a partner's deployment, Telemynd's services provide a dependable source of support. This commitment to offering specialized care highlights Telemynd's role as a steadfast ally to military spouses, giving them a sense of stability and understanding in their often unpredictable lives.
  3. Understanding and Overcoming Mental Health Stigma

    This May, during National Mental Health Awareness Month, Telemynd is working to break down the stigma that veils mental health. As we spotlight the impact of stigma on individuals, families, and communities, our mission is twofold—to shine a spotlight on the conditions affecting roughly 1 in 5 people and to advocate for the life-changing benefits of seeking treatment.
    With stigma often deterring people from getting help and a general unawareness about the prevalence of mental health conditions, our goal is to transform understanding into action, encouraging a future where reaching out for support is not just normalized but embraced.
    Understanding Mental Health Stigma
    The Essence of Stigma
    At its core, mental health stigma refers to the societal disapproval, or when internalized, the self-inflicted shame associated with mental health conditions. This stigma manifests in two primary forms: social stigma, characterized by prejudicial attitudes and discriminating behavior directed towards individuals with mental health issues, and self-stigma, which occurs when these individuals internalize these negative views, often leading to feelings of shame and inadequacy.
    Historical Shadows and Present Challenges
    The roots of mental health stigma are deep, intertwining with historical misconceptions and fears surrounding mental illness. For centuries, those suffering from mental health conditions were ostracized, viewed as outcasts, or worse, considered to be under the influence of supernatural forces. While modern science and understanding have evolved, remnants of these ancient stigmas persist, manifesting in subtle but impactful ways in today's society.
    Impact on Individuals
    For the individual, the weight of stigma can be crippling. It fosters a culture of silence, where fear of judgment overrides the pursuit of health. Individuals may forgo seeking help to avoid being labeled as 'weak' or 'unstable,' leading to a dangerous cycle of untreated mental health conditions. This avoidance not only hampers personal well-being but can also lead to severe long-term psychological and physical health issues.
    Effects on Families
    Families, too, bear the brunt of mental health stigma. In some cases, this can cause feelings of shame and guilt associated with having a family member diagnosed with a mental health condition. This can lead to isolation, strained relationships, and a lack of open communication. Families may struggle in silence, perpetuating the stigma and hindering the possibility of seeking collective healing and support.
    Community Consequences
    On a broader scale, stigma affects community cohesion and support systems. Misunderstandings and myths about mental health can lead to increased social distancing and a lack of empathy towards those struggling. Communities may inadvertently create environments where mental health issues are ignored or minimized, unintentionally hindering policy reform, and deterring individuals from seeking the help they need.
    The Ripple Effect of Seeking Treatment
    For Individuals: Provides Hope
    The decision for an individual to seek mental health treatment marks the beginning of an impactful journey. Access to therapy, medication, and support networks can lead to significant improvements in quality of life. Individuals often experience a reduction in symptoms, an increase in personal empowerment, and an overall better understanding of their conditions. Treatment fosters resilience, equipping people with the tools to cope more effectively with life's challenges. The courage to seek help not only benefits the individual but also serves as a beacon of hope for others, demonstrating that vulnerability and strength can coexist.
    For Families: Strengthened Bonds
    When one member of a family decides to seek treatment, the effects can reverberate throughout the household, leading to stronger, more supportive relationships. Treatment can even involve family therapy sessions that encourage open communication and understanding, helping to dispel myths and alleviate fears surrounding mental health conditions. As families learn and grow together, they dismantle the internalized stigma that may have kept them from seeking help. This collective healing process can shift the family unit into an invaluable source of support.
    For Communities: A Collective Shift
    The positive impact of seeking mental health treatment extends beyond the individual and family to permeate the community at large. Communities that embrace mental health education and support services foster an environment of acceptance and understanding. As more individuals come forward to share their experiences, the stigma surrounding mental health begins to diminish. This shift can lead to more inclusive policies, increased funding for mental health services, and a stronger, more empathetic community.
    Paths to Destigmatization
    Destigmatizing mental health treatment requires collaborative efforts from individuals, families, and communities. Here are actionable steps each group can take to contribute to this vital cause.
    For Individuals: Embrace and Advocate
    Embracing Vulnerability: Sharing personal stories and struggles can demystify mental health issues and challenge societal perceptions.
    Education: Learning about mental health conditions dispels myths and combats self-stigma, fostering a healthier self-image.
    Seeking Support: Engaging with therapy, support groups, and wellness resources not only aids in personal recovery but also demonstrates the positive effects of seeking help.
    For Families: Openness and Support
    Open Communication: Fostering a household environment where discussing mental health is encouraged and free from judgment strengthens familial bonds.
    Education: Participating in family counseling and attending educational workshops together enhances collective understanding and empathy.
    Support for Treatment: Actively supporting family members in their treatment journey underscores the importance of mental health care, wellness and recovery.
    For Communities: Awareness and Inclusion
    Awareness Campaigns: Organizing mental health events, workshops, and seminars educates the public, challenges stigma, and promotes a culture of support.
    Policy Advocacy: Supporting policies that improve access to mental health care and protect the rights of those with mental health conditions drives systemic change.
    Inclusive Support Systems: Developing community resources that are accessible and welcoming to all, regardless of their mental health status, fosters a sense of belonging and support.
    Conclusion
    As Mental Health Awareness Month 2024 unfolds, let us commit to ending the negative mental health stigma together. By understanding and taking action towards the deep-seated roots of stigma, we can foster a world where seeking mental health is embraced as a strength. Let this be a call to action for individuals, families, and communities to join forces in promoting mental health awareness, understanding, and compassion.
    Resources
    We encourage everyone to engage with local and national mental health initiatives, not just during Mental Health Awareness Month but throughout the year. Below are resources to help you start this journey:
    Telemynd: Offers nationwide online mental healthcare services, allowing individuals to access professional help from the comfort of their homes, making it a convenient resource for those seeking confidential support.
    National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI): Provides a broad spectrum of support and education resources for individuals and families affected by mental health conditions, serving as a beacon for advocacy and public awareness efforts.
    Mental Health America (MHA): Focuses on early identification and intervention for those at risk, offering tools and resources to understand and improve mental health, thereby acting as a preventive and supportive resource.
    World Health Organization (WHO) Mental Health: Delivers global resources, research, and guidelines on mental health, aiding in the development of policies and practices to improve mental health care worldwide.
    Together, we can destigmatize mental health treatment and pave the way for a healthier, more understanding society.

Latest Handouts

  • Quality mental health care should be available to everyone, no matter where they live. That’s why we built Telemynd, an easy-to-use telebehavioral health platform where you can see therapists and prescribers virtually so that you can always feel confident about the future of your mental health.
  • We understand that needs vary from person to person, and unlike many telebehavioral health providers, we offer services that are specifically designed to support people living with more severe behavioral health conditions.
  • Demand for mental health services grew in the pandemic, and telebehavioral health was the solution. Research says telehealth demand will stay high post-pandemic.
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