Mental health is an incredibly broad subject. When you hear someone talking about mental health, what do you think? It is not just about people who have multiple personalities or severe alcohol or drug additions.
Mental health encompasses so much more; it includes emotions almost everyone has dealt with at some time in their lives:
Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental illnesses, according to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America. Anxiety disorders are caused by a set of risk factors that include genetics, personality, brain chemistry and life events. However, anxiety disorders are treatable.
You do not need a Ph.D. in psychology to know that anxiety and increased substance abuse is at an all-time high. Just look at what, we as a nation, have endured over the last twelve months:
There is such a stigma surrounding mental health that many people do not seek help for it. Instead, we come from a society of “just shake it off; it will be better tomorrow”. But what if, for you or someone you love, it is not better…
First, try to do things you can control like taking a break from reading and watching the news or scrolling through social media. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise and get plenty of sleep. If those do not improve your feelings take the next step. Call your primary care doctor or use one of the telehealth services that most health plans and pharmacies offer today. You also can check with your health plan administrator – most offer some type of mental health coverage. The phone number will be on the back of your ID card.
Many health plans, like Allied’s Funding Advantage plans, offer health care assistants, who are knowledgeable professionals available to help guide you through the steps to get the best treatment for your specific needs.
If you or someone you care about is hurting, there are many resources available. Here are a few to get you started.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: 800-662-HELP (4357)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
National Domestic Violence Hotline:
800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522
Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event
Young Adults: Care for Yourself
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Numerous links to a variety of help lines
Founded in 1970, Allied is one of the nation's oldest and most experienced third-party administrators. Allied National is a 90 Degree Benefits Company, a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. As the small group benefit experts, Allied works with small business employers to provide unique and affordable group health benefits.
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Allied National is a 90 Degree Benefits Company, a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. Founded in 1970, Allied National is one of the nation's oldest and most experienced third-party administrators. We're the small group benefit experts working to provide unique and affordable group health benefits to small business employers.