Throughout May, Oswego County is coming together to join this national movement to raise awareness about mental health and fight the stigma. This community is our priority, and we must work together to provide support and educate the public.
Although mental illnesses are recognized as an urgent health challenge, they are often severely neglected, and the people affected are hidden. Funding and resources allocated to mental health are almost nonexistent in many health systems around the world; fewer than 1 in 5 get any treatment. When mental health services do exist, they are often not adequate or appropriate. They are rarely integrated well with other health services, and the stigma attached to mental health issues prevents many people from seeking and accessing services. It is a silent epidemic, and those suffering are often not able to demand action.
Lakeview Center for Mental Health and Wellness
Oswego Health is committed to improving the mental health for Central New York residents, and thanks to a transformational grant from the New York State Department of Health and support from community members and local organizations, the 42,000-square-foot Lakeview Center for Mental Health and Wellness opened, transforming mental healthcare locally.
The Mental Health and Wellness Services at Oswego Health provide a wide array of psychiatric services to Oswego County residents of all ages. With more than 100 highly trained, professional staff members, the department is certified by the New York State Office of Mental Health and accredited by The Joint Commission to provide inpatient, outpatient and children/youth psychiatric services. Treatment is covered by Medicaid, Medicare and most health insurance plans. Whether it be a board-certified psychiatrist or one of the certified counselors on staff, each team member has undergone extensive training to help and support clients in working toward their goals quickly, professionally and confidentially.