Behavioral Health

The mind and body connection

Our minds are powerful. So are our bodies. In fact, there is a strong link between our minds and our bodies. So much so, that mental health issues can affect conditions like heart disease, diabetes, smoking and obesity. And the other way around.

Luckily, there are ways to treat your complete being. Many treatments take your mind, activities, and your spiritual beliefs into consideration to get at the root of your physical problem.   

We have a Behavioral Health program for you with Beacon Health Options that you can access on your own without a referral. Contact Beacon Health Options at 1-800-945-4644.

We have Behavioral Health Case Management available to assist with any mental health or substance abuse needs you may need.

Many “mind” activities can help your body get healthy. Exercise, yoga, relaxation and meditation are some of the holistic treatments that work on the mind and the body at the same time. They improve health conditions like chronic pain, anxiety and high-blood pressure. And they’re helping people not only live longer, but also live better. 

More resources: Mind-body therapies
Source: National Institute of Mental Health

People use drugs or alcohol for many different reasons. Many people try drugs to have a good time or to make them feel better. Use does not always lead to abuse. How much of a drug you use or how often you use it does not determine if you are abusing it. Abuse is more about what happens because of using a drug. 

No matter how often or how little you are using, if your drug use is causing problems in your life — at work, school, home or in your relationships — you likely have a drug abuse problem.

Parkland Community Health Plan works with Beacon Health Options, a Behavioral Health program. You can access these services on your own without a referral.

Members can contact Beacon Health Options at 1-800-945-4644 or visit their website. Beacon Health Options has Behavioral Health Case Management available to assist with any mental health or substance abuse needs you may need.

Domestic violence can happen between couples who are married, living together or who are dating. If you believe your loved one uses fear to control you, call Member Services at:

Parkland HEALTHfirst at 1-888-672-2277
Parkland KIDSfirst at 1-888-814-2352

For more information visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline

Increasing signs of depression often lead to suicide risk. Those signs include:

  • Sleeping more or less than normal
  • Increased drug usage
  • A feeling of hopelessness
  • Frequent mood changes
  • The ability to enjoy life is lost
  • Anger may increase to frequent rages
  • Deeper sadness

A person is at risk for suicide if they say they want to die.

People are at very high risk for suicide if they have a plan for how to commit suicide and a way to carry out that plan. You should call 911 immediately and tell the operator about the suicide risk.

Contact your doctor or health plan for help if you see these signs. Parkland Community Health Plan can help you with referrals to the right professionals.

Parkland HEALTHfirst at 1-888-672-2277
Parkland KIDSfirst at 1-888-814-2352