Behavioral and Mental Health

You don’t have to handle life on your own. Difficult life experiences, trauma, grief and loss, accidents, abuse, chemical imbalances, or harmful environments can create mental conditions that left unaddressed create larger issues. There’s no shame and seeking help does not mean you are not “strong enough,” and it can be dangerous to “power through” and not treat mental health risks. Avera is here to support your mental health.

Having a Mental Health Crisis Now?

Visit our 24/7 behavioral health urgent care in Sioux Falls or call 1-800-691-4336. If you live outside of Sioux Falls, visit your closest Emergency Department. You can also call the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988.

Whole-Person Focus

If you or a loved one feel overwhelmed or concerned about personal well-being or safety, rely on the behavioral and mental health specialists at Avera. The Upper Midwest’s leader for confidential, personalized, family-centered care, Avera treats you as a whole person. You’ll receive attention for all aspects of your health —mental, emotional, spiritual, physical — and it’s tailored to your specific situation.

Behavioral health services we offer:

We treat mental health conditions including:

  • Anxiety
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Depression
  • Interpersonal problems
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia

Behavioral Health Expansion Benefits People of All Ages

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We recently expanded our behavioral and mental health services with a new four-story wing at the Avera Behavioral Health Hospital, known as the Helmsley Behavioral Health Center in Sioux Falls.

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Watch a Video Tour of the Helmsley Behavioral Health Center

Multiple Care Environments

Two powerful elements of the healing process – art therapy and family involvement – form the cornerstone of your experience. At each Avera behavioral health clinic or site, you’ll find appealing room décor and artwork that supports a positive therapeutic atmosphere. You also benefit from referral to the most appropriate care – found at over 10 locations throughout our extensive multi-state network.

Family-Centered Approach

As much as possible, your family and friends will be invited into the healing process. That’s because evidence-based research shows that recovery in our programs happens more quickly when loved ones are involved in care.

Care Close to Home

Get easy access to effective and more comprehensive behavioral health care through Avera’s multi-state network of providers and facilities. Although services vary by location, you can enter at any place and time to get the level of care you need. You can find:

Behavioral Health Expertise

Find a behavioral health provider at an Avera location near you.

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Get Started With a Confidential Assessment

If you suspect a mental health problem, don’t hesitate: call our 24-hour line at 1-800-691-4336 or 605-322-4065.

Everyone should know the warning signs of behavior that can show a developing problem.

Warning signs can include:

  • Acting withdrawn, sad or overly anxious
  • Extreme difficulty interacting with friends and/or siblings
  • Substantial mood swings
  • Persistent drop in school or work performance
  • Change in sleeping and/or eating patterns
  • Increased or persistent use of alcohol or drugs
  • Persistent aggressive behavior
  • Threats to self or others
  • Hallucinations, paranoia or delusion

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Avera is a health ministry rooted in the Gospel. Our mission is to make a positive impact in the lives and health of persons and communities by providing quality services guided by Christian values.