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Integrative Mental Health Care Experts Launch

Consumers, mental healthcare professionals, researchers and public health advocates can now access comprehensive information on all aspects of integrative mental healthcare.

The new informational site was launched by the International Network of Integrative Mental Health (INIMH).

Founded in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2010, the International Network of Integrative Mental  Health was established to provide a global resource for research, education and practice in the field of evidence-based, "whole person" mental health care.

Statistics indicate that people are increasingly turning to non-traditional resources for help with a vast array of health and mental health conditions, often combining non-traditional therapies with mainstream medical treatments.

Health care providers who use and rely on conventional approaches such as prescribed medications and psychotherapy are also incorporating evidence-based, non-traditional therapeutics such as acupuncture, herbal and nutritional medicine, dietary modifications, meditations and spirituality in their practice.

Yet until now, there has been no comprehensive source of information for health care professionals or the public on how to improve their mental health through the use of conventional and non-conventional interventions.

There is growing evidence that healthcare providers and patients believe that both conventional and non-conventional therapies are legitimate treatment choices. However there is little agreement on how healthcare providers should recommend -- or patients should choose -- safe, evidence-based, non-conventional or integrative treatment strategies to address mental health needs.

Through the establishment of their organization, members of INIMH will grow a global network of social and professional support for the integrative mental health care community while providing a vital source of reliable information for the public.

The INIMH board is comprised of mental health experts including physicians, complementary and alternative practitioners, and academic and public health advocates from several nations who are committed to building a worldwide network dedicated to the transformation of mental healthcare through integrative practice.

The organization's groundbreaking website (http://www.inimh.org) offers clinicians, researchers and consumers easy online access to a comprehensive, searchable library on all areas of integrative mental healthcare, as well as expert-hosted forums, links to additional resources and networking connections between healthcare practitioners and the public.

International Network of Integrative Mental Health members include physicians, therapists, researchers and many other healthcare professionals who are united in their commitment to "whole person" healthcare, taking an integrative approach to the biological, psychological, and sociological components of mental illness.

Members of the International Network of Integrative Mental  Health are committed to creating a more balanced, more inclusive and more compassionate model for mental health care around the globe.

The International Network of Integrative Mental  Health mission includes:

  • Advance a global vision for an integrated whole person approach to mental health care via education, research, networking and advocacy, by bringing together the wisdom of world healing traditions and modern science.
  • Re-animate the mental health field with energy, spirit, compassion and joy.  We are committed to serving the worthy goal of working towards the cessation of human suffering.
  • Create community and opportunities for nurturing personal and professional connections.  We honor and respect the unique backgrounds and skills that each person brings to this work, and wish to promote meaningful relationships and connection to a global integrative mental health network.
  • Promote evidence-based CAM therapies and the judicious use of modern pharmacotherapies for the betterment of mental healthcare.
  • Contribute to the emerging bio-psycho-socio-spiritual paradigm addressing mind, body, and spirit by promoting effective and safe clinical practices. We acknowledge the fundamental importance of an ecological perspective and believe that environmental and transpersonal factors have profound effects on wellbeing and healing.
  • Educate, support and inspire integrative practitioners and trainees, at all levels of their careers and in all world regions.  Our philosophy is based upon blending the best practices from traditional and modern healing systems.  Our focus is on safety and positive outcomes while honoring our patients’ unique needs, beliefs, wisdom, and advocacy for therapeutic choices and relationships with practitioners that empower them.
  • Facilitate collaborative efforts between researchers and clinicians that extend beyond limited conventional understandings of mental healthcare as it pertains to care of individuals with psychological or psychiatric disorders, to a broader perspective that includes the range of psychosocial, cultural and spiritual factors that impact on health, well-being, immune functioning, and physiological integrity.

The establishment of the organization has been made possible by a generous grant from the Ted and Roberta Mann Foundation, a longstanding champion of health care reform.

Michael H CohenMichael H Cohen Founder The Los Angeles / San Francisco / Bay Area-based Michael H Cohen Law Group provides healthcare legal and FDA legal & regulatory counsel to health & wellness practices and ventures, including health technology companies (medical devices to wearable health and nanotech), healthcare facilities (from medical centers to medical spas), and healthcare service providers (from physicians to psychologists).Our legal team offers expertise in corporate & transactional, healthcare regulatory & compliance, and healthcare litigation and dispute resolution, in cutting-edge areas such as anti-aging and functional medicine, telemedicine and m-health, and concierge medicine.Our Founder, attorney Michael H. Cohen, is an author, speaker on healthcare law and FDA law, and internationally-recognized thought leader in the trillion-dollar health & wellness industry.
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