Greenville Health System shares about their MindWell Program

My name is Chasidy Reese and I am a Health Educator with the Business Health Department at Greenville Health System (GHS) in Greenville, SC. I would like to tell you about the vision of MindWell, a program focusing on resilience and mental health that stemmed from needs identified in many of our program participants. 

The Business Health Team has found that some participants in LoseWell, our medical weight management program, and QuitWell, our tobacco cessation program, were not successful with their goals because they had other issues they had not yet tackled. 

Have you ever tried to lose weight or make a lifestyle change for the better, but felt as though no matter what you did, your efforts seemed ineffective? 

Through research and our experience with program participants, many individuals attempting a healthier path are dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, and the list goes on. How can anyone make healthy changes when they aren’t focusing on their mental health?

MindWell is intended to be a program taught by a mental health professional. After our pilot program, we are hoping to add this program to our internal HealthTrack incentive program and offer it to our Business Health clients. MindWell will also be a recommended program for LoseWell and QuitWell participants that are struggling with their goals. 

MindWell is still in its very early stages, but we know already and firmly believe that resilience is extremely important and will be a reoccurring theme throughout each session. 

As lead on our GHS QuitWell program, I have many participants ask me how to deal with obstacles in quitting. For example, “How do I not smoke if my car breaks down?” The answer would be resilience. 

Our hope by providing this program to GHS and employees is that we increase their resilience, decrease absenteeism, and improve employee and patient satisfaction.  

01-26-2016 02:45 (EST)