Life can be stressful for all of us. Life can be far more stressful for someone who has lost a child to gun violence, or lost a job, or been evicted from her home. The mental toll that these experiences take can lead to or worsen physical illness. So it makes sense – even if it’s not common – for medical clinics to care for their patients’ mental health as well as their physical health. Our City health centers now offer the support of Behavioral Health Consultants (BHCs) to help manage the life stress of our patients.