Behavioral health options coming to Southeast
Matthews-Vu expects to launch program June 5
Health care provider Matthews-Vu will offer behavioral health services in Southeast Colorado Springs starting Wednesday, June 5.
The facility, located at 1050 S. Academy Blvd., Suite 140, already provides primary care and pediatrics. The addition of a licensed clinical social worker means the clinic can address a growing need in a historically underserved neighborhood.
“There’s a huge level of need for behavioral health in the Southeast clinic,” said Matthews-Vu cofounder Dr. Richard Vu. “That’s going to be a very important part of our growth down there.”
While numbers related to Southeast are not available, plenty of studies have found correlations between mental health and socioeconomic status. The most recent, published March 13 by the Public Library of Science, built on that relationship and found that children from low socioeconomic status are often exposed to stressful life situations that impact their mental wellness.
That research followed 2,111 German youths aged 7 to 17 over the course of five years. The research team looked at factors like household income, parental education and unemployment, as well as stressful life situations such as parental accidents, mental illness or financial crises.
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What they found was children from low socioeconomic statuses who encountered multiple stressful life situations were more likely to develop mental health problems than their peers. The findings suggested that reducing socioeconomic inequalities, and interventions for families with low parental education might help combat mental health problems for kids.
Here in Southeast, services will launch with just one provider. But Vu and his wife and co-founder, Dr. Shabnum Matthews-Vu, envision a time when the clinic could house an entire behavioral health team, comprising psychologists, social workers and nurse practitioners, among others.
Vu described behavioral health and preventative internal medicine as two critical pieces of the clinic’s holistic approach to patient care.
“You can’t have one without the other,” Vu said.
For more information, contact the Southeast clinic at 719-547-7083 or visit matthewsvu.com.