Walgreens launched platform to improve health outcomes by giving patients help they need

According to Walgreens, 20 percent of their customers deal with mental health issues. The drugstore chain is aiming to help solve that problem by launching a new mental health platform on the Walgreens website to connect more people with clinical resources in their community.

The drugstore chain partnered up with Mental Health America (MHA), a community-based nonprofit organization, to provide resources like free online screening for depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and anxiety, and treatment and follow-up through providers and specialists in local communities. The platform also includes a new service that lets patients video chat with more than 1,000 state-licensed therapists and psychiatrists to treat addiction, depression, stress and other behavioral health concerns, available for about $60 for patients without health insurance. The goal of both organizations is to complete 3 million online screenings by 2017.

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