May is Mental Health Month: Fighting the Stigma

The National Institute of Mental Health says that mental health conditions affect 1 in 10 Americans, with less than 25% of those seeking help. Statistics also indicate 6.9% of American adults live with major depression.

Mental Health Month exists to defy stigma and create a culture of people who are aware of their options and more willing to seek help for conditions affecting their lives.

Common conditions include depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, anxiety disorders, ADHD,  eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), all of which are effectively treatable by a qualified medical provider.

Symptoms of mental health conditions vary and some can be difficult to recognize. If you or a loved one experience any of the following symptoms, you may benefit from speaking with a professional who can offer guidance.

Common symptoms:

  • Feeling sad or down
  • Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate
  • Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt
  • Extreme mood changes with highs and lows
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities
  • Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping
  • Inability to cope with daily problems or stress
  • Trouble understanding and relating to others
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Major changes in eating habits
  • Excessive anger, hostility or violence
  • Suicidal thinking

Finding an appropriate mental health provider is important. Employers who partner with BHS provide their covered members with access to a company designated BHS Care Coordinator who is a master’s prepared, licensed mental health professional. BHS Care Coordinators assist covered members in selecting an appropriate provider, choosing the correct treatment and ensuring the covered member is satisfied with their care.

Behavioral Health Systems offers EAP and mental health and substance abuse benefits administration to companies across the U.S. Safety First, a division of Behavioral Health Systems, offers comprehensive drug testing programs to employers of all sizes. BHS actively advises our client companies on drug abuse trends and effective substance abuse policies in the workplace.