Malvern Health, Inc is proud to announce that Malvern Behavioral Health has opened a new 22-bed mental health unit for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Malvern admitted its first patients on March 7, 2023
Individuals in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) community often face a number of unjust issues: social stigma, abuse, harassment, and unfortunately, family rejection. The weight of rejection and social stigma combined with the increased risk of bullying, harassment, discrimination, and physical abuse impacts people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, or asexual (LGBTQIA+). This community is also at an increased risk of substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. Research reports that members of this community are three times more likely to suffer from behavioral and mental health issues.
The Wisteria Program is an inpatient psychiatric program for members of the LGBTQ community. Wisteria is a safe and affirming program designed to treat LGBTQ patients struggling with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and other unhealthy behaviors.
The Wisteria Program uses evidence-based treatment modalities for adults within this community who are struggling with mental health concerns such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, and other specific stressors. Treatment can consist of exploration of gender identity, gender dysphoria, and social transition. We also focus on discrimination, victimization, and lack of affirming and supportive environments. Some patients may also experience a co-occurring substance abuse diagnosis.
Feedback from patients has already been extremely positive. Some examples are: “This experience has been nothing short of ‘life changing’.” “Every last staff member was respectful, professional, and sensitive to my needs- and I do mean EVERY staff member”. “These wonderful people have gone above and beyond to help me along my journey to wellness.”
About Malvern Behavioral Health
Malvern Behavioral Health believes in providing care in a person-centered, trauma-informed treatment community. Malvern Behavioral Health offers secure and supportive inpatient behavioral health services that focus on person-centered, trauma-informed care programs and treatment for individuals experiencing acute psychiatric needs such as anxiety, depression, trauma, suicidal thoughts, along with substance abuse/chemical dependency. Malvern Behavioral Health includes three treatment programs: Lotus Program, for college students and young adults; Wisteria Program for members of the LGBTQ+ community; and the Sage Program, for individuals with co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders.
About Malvern Health, Inc.
Malvern Health, Inc. (MH) is one of the region’s leaders in comprehensive behavioral health treatment services. Malvern Health, Inc. employs over 700 of the most committed, qualified individuals in the chemical dependency, mental health, and education fields. Our facilities and programs are dedicated to providing person-centered, evidenced-based, and cutting-edge interventions in a wide range of inpatient and community settings. The patient and family experiences are our top priority. Malvern Health, Inc. leads Malvern Treatment Centers, Malvern Behavioral Health, and Malvern Community Health Services.
For more information about Malvern Behavioral Health, please visit malvernbh.com or call 610-480-8919.