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Behavioral Health

If you or a loved one is struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues, Emerson Hospital’s Behavioral Health department can help. We provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient mental health and chemical dependency treatment services for adults in a safe, caring environment. 

In fact, Emerson Hospital serves as a regional treatment facility for several managed healthcare plans — a testament to the high quality and effectiveness of our behavioral health services.

An estimated 1 in 5 adults experiences a mental health issue every year. There is no shame in seeking help, and our multidisciplinary staff of psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed social workers, nurses and other behavioral health professionals is here to provide it.

Our specialty expertise includes:
  • Substance abuse (opioid, alcohol and other addiction issues)
  • Crisis stabilization (de-escalating someone’s level of distress associated with substance use or a mental health disorder) 
  • ECT (electro-convulsive therapy)
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Family and relationship problems
  • Chronic mental illness
  • Psychopharmacology (medication to treat mental health issues)
  • Geriatrics (behavioral health issues in older adults)
We work closely with patients, families, primary care physicians and other health care providers to deliver an integrated program of evidence-based behavioral therapy and other support services to adults in need. 

The services we offer


Substance Use Disorders
Stephanie Stratigos, DO, discusses substance use disorders, including who is most at risk, warning signs and red flags, treatment options, and what patients can expect during and after treatment.


Seasonal Affective Disorder
Listen to Sid Pani, MD, of Emerson Primary Care of Sudbury, explain the signs, symptoms, risk, and ways to prevent or alleviate seasonal affective disorder.


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New Dads and Mental Health — 8 Tips to Stay Healthy

Just as new mothers can experience depression after the birth of a child, so can fathers. Known as paternal postnatal depression, these negative effects can interrupt what should be a healthy time of bonding between a dad and his newborn baby.

How to Help Someone in Crisis

Do you know someone who may be wrestling with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, or suicide? Here are some warning signs to look out for as well as ways to take action and show support.

COVID-19 or Anxiety?

Emerson's behavioral health team's director of operations provides insight on how to distinguish between symptoms of anxiety and symptoms of COVID-19.