May is Mental Health Awareness Month
We have had a lot of ups and downs in the last few months. Such change and uncertainty can create stress and, as a result, we may suffer more headaches, have trouble sleeping and struggle with depression. However, if you take steps to stay healthy, you’ll be better equipped to manage stress.
Try these tips for coping with stress:
- Eat well. When you eat healthy foods, you get the nutrition and energy you need to feel good physically, which can help you feel good mentally and emotionally.
- Get adequate sleep. When at rest, your brain helps you process new experiences and challenges.
- Relax through movement. Since change and stress go hand in hand, practice relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, progressive muscle relaxation, nature walking or other stress-reducing tactics.
Taking care of your mental health
If you think you need help with stress—or need mental health services for any other reason—your HealthSelectSM plan provides benefits.
With Virtual Visits, you can consult with a licensed mental health professional any day of the week. Schedule your mental health Virtual Visit in advance and then meet with your mental health provider online. Learn more about Virtual Visits including how to schedule an appointment.
If you prefer to speak to someone in person, you can always schedule an office visit with an in-network mental health provider. To search for in-network providers, click “Find a Doctor/Hospital” in the left-hand menu to access Provider Finder®. You can also call a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Personal Health Assistant toll-free at (800) 252-8039 Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. CT for help finding a provider or scheduling a mental health Virtual Visit.
Visit the Mental Health page or Virtual Visits page to learn more.
If you need immediate help:
Call the 24/7 HealthSelect Mental Health Support Line to talk with a counselor about mental health or substance use issues anytime, toll-free at (800) 442-4093.
If the situation is life-threatening, call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room.