Beyond Healthcare Toledo: Nurturing Mental Wellness Beyond Boundaries

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Beyond Healthcare emerged as a beacon of hope, pioneering a transformative approach to mental health care for adolescents aged 11 to 17 and their families.

Photo by J. Wukotich.

Founded in 2021 by Lisa Richardson, a seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience in behavioral health, Beyond Healthcare transcends conventional healthcare norms to address the multifaceted challenges young minds face.

The Genesis of Beyond Healthcare

Richardson founded Beyond Healthcare in response to a concerning surge in mental health issues among teenagers during the pandemic. Recognizing a growing prevalence of challenges like depression, anxiety and suicidality, Richardson sought to create a practice that examined the entirety of an individual’s well-being.

She reflects, “What are all the different factors that are keeping these kids unwell?” The answer, she discovered, lay not just in psychological factors but also in stable housing, nutrition, and the unprecedented isolation brought about by the pandemic.

Comprehensive services for holistic healing

Beyond Healthcare specializes in providing holistic mental health care, addressing a spectrum of conditions, including oppositional defiance disorder (ODD), attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, addiction and trauma recovery. The services encompass assessment and diagnosis, partial hospitalization, outpatient services, medication management, telehealth, care coordination, case management, and group and individual therapies.

The cornerstone of their offerings is the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), a daily regimen featuring mindfulness, goal setting, self-esteem, and identity strengthening, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). Beyond Healthcare aims to foster positive outcomes and patient engagement by emphasizing family involvement and education.

A mission of holistic healthcare

Beyond Healthcare’s mission revolves around the concept of “holistic healthcare,” which considers the whole person—body, mind and spirit. The treatment center is envisioned as a space where stigma cannot thrive, cultivating a culture of inclusivity and a creative environment for healing.

The wall at Beyond Healthcare.

Echoing this sentiment, Richardson emphasizes, “One thing that our team excels at is creating a culture of belonging, where each child that walks in our doors feels valued, seen, and heard. More than ever, we all need community and belonging. It’s a vital part of overall wellness.” The physical embodiment of this ethos is the inspiring message painted on the wall of their Toledo location: “You Belong Here.”

Involvement and outreach

For those seeking assistance or looking to get involved, Beyond Healthcare invites individuals to reach out at any time. Walk-in assessments are available at all their locations, spanning Toledo, Fairlawn and Cleveland. Prospective visitors can receive a guided tour to gain deeper insights into the organization’s impactful work. Recognizing the importance of virtual accessibility, Beyond Healthcare extends its reach through a comprehensive virtual program catering to individuals across Ohio.

Painted stone in lobby. Photo by J. Wukotich.

Richardson further encourages those grappling with mental health challenges to connect with their local NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) office for additional support.

In essence, Beyond Healthcare extends its arms to those in need and a community eager to contribute to the next generation’s well-being.

Beyond Healthcare Toledo stands as a testament to the power of innovation in mental health care. In a post-pandemic era where the vulnerabilities of youth are increasingly evident, Richardson and her team at Beyond Healthcare are rewriting the narrative. By addressing each individual’s unique circumstances and fostering a culture of healing and inclusivity, they are propelling mental health care beyond the confines of tradition, genuinely living up to their name — Beyond Healthcare.

Beyond Healthcare. 3110 Central Ave, Toledo. 419-309-3991.

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