Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. Mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or behavior. In medicine, mental health is a generic term for treatment of patients with various types of mental illness and mental health problems. Treatment options include medication and psychotherapy.

What can I expect at my appointment with SIU Medicine?


Highly Specialized Care Team

Our mental health team is there to put you first. Whether through our SIU Center for Family Medicine or SIU Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Center, our mental health specialists are able to treat for most specialty and subspecialty areas of mental health. Our highly trained, specialized doctors also have better access to the latest treatments and medical breakthroughs.  


Top Clinical Care for Our Community

Our Kids Safe Harbor, located inside SIU’s Center for Family Medicine in Springfield, is the first and only clinic in central and southern Illinois exclusively dedicated to providing primary care to children in foster care. We opened the clinic in January 2019. The clinic provides new patient comprehensive assessments for children zero to 18 years old within 21 days of entering foster care. Clinic services also include mental health, developmental assessments, treatment referrals and foster family counseling regarding behavioral and parenting concerns.    


Supported by Clinical Studies

Our understanding of mental health is continually growing on a foundation of clinical studies. These studies provide the best possible outcomes for all patients and their families. Doctors educated in the latest advances in care for mental health offer you access to evidence-based medicine. From counseling visits to treatment, your care is shaped by forward-thinking doctors and backed by research.

We Specialize in the Following Areas (and more):

  • Behavioral Disorders 
  • Behavioral Health 
  • Chronic Illness Management
  • Counseling 
  • Depression 
  • Drug Addiction/Substance Abuse Treatment 
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
  • Medication Management 
  • Medicine Psychiatry 
  • OCD 
  • Personality Disorders
  • Psychiatry 
  • Social Anxiety Disorders 
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