Whether you or a loved one are dealing with mental health issues, geriatric-related mental health needs or substance abuse problems, Behavioral Health Services at Saint Vincent Hospital can help. We offer:

  • A full continuum of care for children, adolescents, adults and seniors
  • A Partial Hospital Program to help patients transition from inpatient to outpatient care
  • 24-hour access to emergency mental evaluation and substance abuse care

Comprehensive Behavioral Health Services

We work to provide unique, individualized care for every person who comes to us. We offer a wide range of inpatient and outpatient care for children, adolescents, adults and seniors to help heal both body and mind. Our behavioral health programs include:

  • Evaluation and Referral. 24-hour access to emergency mental evaluation or substance-abuse care with our psychiatric evaluation team.
  • Child Development Unit. A 12-bed locked, inpatient unit exclusively for children ages 3 to 17 with board-certified child psychiatrists located at MetroWest Medical Center in Natick.
  • Adult Inpatient Mental Health Unit. Our 12 bed unit at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester and our 28 bed unit at MetroWest Medical Center in Natick provide short-term, intensive care for patients ages 16 and older
  • Geriatric Neuropsychiatric Treatment. A 24-bed inpatient unit located at MetroWest Medical Center in Natick.
  • Partial Hospital and Intensive Outpatient Programs. Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester and MetroWest Medical Center in Natick offer partial hospital and intensive outpatient programs.

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If you’re in need of help for a psychiatric emergency, please call our 24-hour crisis assessment team at (508) 363-5003 or (508) 363-5252.

For doctors: To refer patients to our unit, please call our intake coordinator at (508) 736-4354.

Public Announcement Concerning a Proposed Health Care Project

Tenet Healthcare Corporation (“Applicant”) located at 1999 Bryan Street, Suite 900, Dallas, TX 75201 intends to file a Notice of Determination of Need (“Application”) with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for a substantial capital expenditure by Saint Vincent Hospital (“SVH”) located at 123 Summer Street, Worcester, MA 01608. The project is for the expansion of psychiatric services at SVH through renovations to accommodate seven additional inpatient psychiatric beds and add a behavioral health area to its emergency department (“Project”). The total value of the Project based on the maximum capital expenditure is $4,191,369. The Applicant does not anticipate any price or service impacts on the Applicant’s existing Patient Panel as a result of the Project. Any ten Taxpayers of Massachusetts may register in connection with the intended Application no later than 30 days of the filing of the Notice of Determination of Need by contacting the Department of Public Health, Determination of Need Program, 250 Washington Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02108.

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Seven Ways to Take Care of Your Mental Health

There’s a cliché that goes “you can’t give what you don’t have.” This is also why you have to take care of yourself to be able to take care of others, including the people you love. And when we say take care of yourself, we mean your overall health, including your mental health, which entails your psychological, emotional and social welfare. It affects how you feel, think, behave, make decisions and connect with others.

Why Take Care of Your Mental Health?

Being intentional in taking care of your mental health can help you:

  • Prevent the onset of mental illnesses
  • Become physically healthy (because too much stress and other mental health concerns can contribute to various types of diseases)
  • Keep healthy relationships
  • Learn how to deal with the stresses of life in a healthy way
  • Realize your highest potential
  • Make a positive impact on the people around you

How to Take Care of Your Mental Health

There are countless ways to maintain good mental health. What matters most is what works for you, so we encourage you to explore various ways to keep your mind healthy such as the following:

  1. Practice gratitude.
    Think of good things that happen to you on a daily basis. They don’t have to be grand all the time. You can be grateful for simple things like the good weather, meeting an old friend or finishing a task. You can also write them down so you can easily look back on them when you’re not feeling your best.
  2. Acknowledge what you feel.
    Do not beat yourself up when you don’t feel like what you think you’re supposed to feel. You’re human so it’s okay to feel things. Also, avoid bottling up your emotions. Speak with someone you trust or a professional if you think you can no longer handle your emotions.
  3. Get enough sleep.
    Sleep can make a great impact on your mood. When you don’t get quality sleep, you may get annoyed faster than usual. Continuous lack of sleep can also increase your risk for depression and other mental health conditions. As much as possible, stick with a sleep schedule and avoid things that can make it harder for you to fall asleep such as blue light exposure from gadgets.
  4. Stay physically active.
    Exercising is a great way to release tension and negative emotions, even if it means walking for just a few minutes a day. It can also help improve your mood, focus and decision making.
  5. Eat nutritious food.
    Not getting certain nutrients (i.e., vitamin B12) may contribute to mental conditions such as depression, so eat healthy. It can also help decrease stress and anxiety and improve your mood.
  6. Stay hydrated.
    This can help you stay mentally focused and improve your energy levels the whole day. Try to limit your caffeine intake though as high doses of caffeine may keep you tense as well as aggravate anxiety or nervousness.
  7. Find time to relax.
    If you’re not yet sure which healthy relaxation strategies would work for you, you can try yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, journaling or listening to music. You can also switch them up from time to time, whatever works for you.

When to Seek Professional Help

Just like physical health, seeking care early can help you prevent various types of mental health conditions. Please see a doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms for an extended period of time (two weeks or more):

  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Changes in appetite that result in significant weight gain or weight loss
  • Not wanting to get out of bed
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Significant changes in behavior (i.e., angry outbursts)
  • Concentrating difficulties
  • Neglect of hygiene or grooming
  • Loss of interest in doing the things you used to enjoy
  • Inability to perform day to day tasks or responsibilities

Meanwhile, if you or someone you know have thoughts of self-harm or suicide, please call 911 immediately. Your life matters.

National Institute of Mental Health
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Center for Biotechnology Information