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Sovereign Health CEO, Dr. Tonmoy Sharma, Discusses Mental Health in New Television Interview

San Clemente, Calif. — Oct. 13, 2016 — Sovereign Health, a leading national provider of behavioral health treatment services, announces a new television interview featuring Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Tonmoy Sharma. The interview, broadcast live on the NBC affiliate KMIR’s program “Desert Living” on Wednesday, Oct. 12, features Dr. Sharma discussing mental health treatment, as well as the stigma surrounding mental health. Dr. Sharma also shared information about the new help line Sovereign Health established to support those dealing with the Palm Springs Police Department shooting that took place on Oct. 8.

As Dr. Sharma notes in the interview, for those dealing with or trying to cope with the deadly shooting this past weekend, Sovereign Health created a help line with counselors waiting by. “Dr. Mary Berst, Sovereign Health of Palm Desert’s Associate Program Director, is managing the help lines. We’re a national behavioral health treatment service center and we specialize is mental health and we want to be available to anyone in need in our Palm Desert location,” says Dr. Sharma.

Dr. Sharma, who gave an impactful presentation on cognitive deficits in addiction and mental health to a sold-out crowd in Costa Mesa, California in May, also addresses what mental health is. “Mental health can range from anxiety, schizophrenia, depression, bipolar and even post-traumatic syndrome disorder. There are several forms of mental health illnesses, but these are just naming a few of the more common cases Sovereign treats.”

Bryan Gallo, the host of the “Desert Living” program, asked to know a little more about Dr. Sharma and his past. “I was trained as a psychiatrist and researched the brain. I wanted to know what makes us happy, what makes us sad, and which part of the brain modulates happiness and sadness. Also, which functions of the brain is important. For example, attention and memory, and how people lose the ability to properly use their brain when mental health or addiction is involved. These were all researches that I worked on and I now have a research team at Sovereign continuing the research.”

Dr. Sharma also spoke on the stigma against mental health illness. “One in four people suffer from mental health illness. When someone breaks their hand, they can see where the pain is coming from, but when someone is going through a mental health problem, they don’t know what they’re dealing with. A person with a broken mind doesn’t seek help because of they’re afraid of the unknown; it’s the fear of the unknown.”

Sovereign Health operates nine treatment facilities in five states: California, Arizona, Florida, Texas and Utah. The facilities are fully licensed and have been awarded Gold Seal accreditation by the Joint Commission, the highest level of accreditation available in the behavioral health field.  Desert Living is a 30-minute TV program broadcast from Palm Springs in the desert’s Coachella Valley.

About Sovereign Health

Sovereign Health’s mission is to provide a broad spectrum of high-quality behavioral health treatment services for adults and adolescents, including support services for family members. One factor that differentiates Sovereign from other treatment providers has been the company’s ability to offer separate mental health and addiction or dual diagnosis treatment programs at its facilities. For more information, visit  


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