The Importance of Mental Health Awareness
This month we recognize mental health awareness. As we are in the middle of dealing with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) you may be experiencing a range of emotions. For people around the world, COVID-19 has caused additional:
The current situation can increase these feelings for individuals with a history of mental health issues. It can also lead to a rise in these emotions for individuals who have not previously experienced this level of concern. Superior HealthPlan is here to help. Please visit our Coronavirus Updates webpage to find information about:
- Testing and screening
- Financial assistance
- Talking to children about COVID-19
- Coping strategies to help manage mental health
We can learn from this current challenge. We have the chance to better understand what it is like for the one in five individuals who live with mental health conditions every day. And to support the one in two individuals who are at risk of developing mental health conditions.1 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests the following tips to help cope with stress:
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media.
- Take care of your body.
- Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate
- Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
- Exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Call the Texas Health and Human Services COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, toll-free at 1-833-986-1919. This line offers support for all Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to COVID-19.
Superior is proud to offer myStrength. Now you can use web and mobile tools to help you get better and stay mentally strong. myStrength is a free online app available 24/7 that can support your well-being.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Stress and Coping During COVID-19
- Mental Health America: Mental Health And COVID-19 – Information And Resources
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
1 Source: Mental Health America