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Taking the step to ask for help for yourself or a loved one is brave. And it can seem overwhelming. Mental health is an important part of your overall wellness and there is no shame in treatment. You are not alone.

Inpatient care

If you or a loved one is having a crisis related to mental illness or substance abuse, you may need to be admitted to a hospital for round-the-clock care. If the situation requires emergency care, dial 911 now.

Referrals and admission

Referrals may be made by self, family members, physicians, friends, employee assistance programs, employers, mental health professionals, managed care organizations, clergy, legal agencies and any other caring individuals or agencies. Do not be afraid to ask for help for yourself or on behalf of someone you love.

Recreational Therapy

Recreational therapy, also known as therapeutic recreation, is a systematic process that utilizes recreation and other activity-based interventions to address the assessed needs of individuals with illnesses or disabling conditions, as a means to psychological and physical health, recovery and well-being. Further, "Recreational Therapy” means a treatment service designed to restore, remediate and rehabilitate a person’s level of functioning and independence in life activities, to promote health and wellness as well as reduce or eliminate the activity limitations and restrictions to participation in life situations caused by an illness or disabling condition.

When individuals are experiencing a mental illness, they often need support in learning how to live with their diagnosis and how to enhance their quality of life and participate in leisure activities.

Recreational Therapists (RTs) seek to reduce depression, stress and anxiety in their clients and help them build confidence and socialize in their community. We provide group and 1-on-1 programming. Learn more about RTs.

Behavioral Interventions include:

  • Social skills
  • Creative expressions
  • Problem-solving initiatives
  • Leisure education
  • Stress management
  • Self-esteem
  • Coping strategies
  • Teambuilding
  • Communication

Behavioral healthcare outside the hospital

Outpatient behavioral healthcare is care that does not require an overnight stay in the hospital or clinic. At Atrium Health behavioral health outpatient locations throughout the Charlotte, NC region, we use treatment groups, health assessments and talk therapy to help you on your journey to living a healthier, happier lifestyle. Regardless of issues you may be dealing with, our skilled team of caring experts offer compassion, deep experience and support from an entire health system dedicated to championing mental health and wellness in our communities and beyond.

Outpatient care

Chances are good that you are familiar with the idea of therapy for mental health. Generally, outpatient behavioral healthcare includes this traditional form of therapy and can be a very effective way to manage daily stressors or issues that are weighing on you. Such issues may include depression, anxiety, personality disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder or relationship problems.

Outpatient services include various programs and offerings:
  1. Individual counseling
  2. Marital or couples counseling
  3. Family therapy
  4. Support groups
  5. Maternal wellness program
  6. Medical consultations
  7. Addiction or substance abuse services
  8. Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology
  9. Psychiatry
  10. Medication management

Partial hospitalization

One specific type of outpatient care is called partial hospitalization. This is a particularly effective form of treatment because it offers participants an opportunity to have immersive treatment without spending the night in the hospital.

Frequently asked questions

Atrium Health Maternal Wellness Program

Only half of women who suffer from postpartum depression (PPD) get help. Our Maternal Wellness Program gives PPD patients access to the care they need, in a timely manner, from experts with specialized training in prenatal (before birth) and perinatal (after birth) mood disorders and anxiety.

We offer outpatient services, such as therapy and a weekly psychoeducational therapeutic group, as well as inpatient services for women in need of intensive care for PPD.

To enroll in our Maternal Wellness Program, call our clinic at 704-801-9200.

Behavioral health medication management

Medications are often used in the treatment of behavioral health issues and mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders. Even though medications do not cure mental illness, they can improve symptoms and help promote recovery. When combined with other treatments such as psychotherapy or counseling, you can often find yourself living a happier, more balanced life.

Atrium Health offers outpatient medication clinics throughout the Charlotte, NC, region. Experienced medical professionals work with you or your loved ones to educate you on the proper use of your medicines.

To schedule an appointment or make a referral please call 704-444-2400 or 800-418-2065.

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