The Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany salutes the State of Ohio Mental Health Services

Mental and behavioral health services are now part of a mix of wellness resources in the Philip Heit Center for a Healthy New Albany.

the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Centeralready present at the facility, has added 13 new psychologists, psychiatrists and psychotherapists with master’s degrees practicing in 14 offices and two breakout rooms on the second floor.

“We’re trying to expand our reach into central Ohio so people can access our services,” said clinical director Tonya Schmauder, psychiatric consultant and specialist in women’s behavioral health.

Although planning to provide services in the Heit-Zentrum offices began even before the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the psychological consequences of isolation, insecurity and concern for their loved ones have prompted many people to seek counseling , said Schmauder.

“Because of COVID, people are more aware of their mental health needs,” she said. “I think there is an increased need for services because people are aware of their new needs.”

The initiative is led by Kristin Carpenter, who serves in the Ohio State University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health.

Psychiatrists treat patients from the age of 15.

Ohio State Wexner already operates an exercise facility and offers physical therapy at the center. Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers orthopedics and physiotherapy.

The Heit Center, 150 W. Main St., is known as a community-focused public facility that offers a variety of classes, community programs, and events such as: B. Cooking demonstrations, nutritional advice, etc pantryTraining courses and seasonal hikes.

These amenities may be helpful to those seeking guidance from Ohio State professionals, he said Angela Douglas, Managing Director of Healthy New Albany.

“Sharing these resources is critical,” Douglas said.

Heit, whose work led to the founding of Healthy New Albany and was its founding executive director, said he was pleased with Ohio State’s commitment to mental health services at the site.

“It’s a welcome opportunity and one where it’s easier to integrate our Healthy New Albany programs and services,” he said.

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