Mental Health Month: Past Stigma and Toward Wellbeing

As we celebrate May as National Mental Health Month, our goal is to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and to stop the stigma associated with mental health. With growing statistics of stress, anxiety, depression and decreased evidence of successful work/life balance, people in the United States struggle to stay on top of their mental health.

There are certain barriers to seeking treatment, known as stigma. Stigma is the negative stereo-type associated with mental health concerns, preventing people from seeking necessary treatment.
We often apply our own negative, judgmental thoughts to ourselves, as if we are “weak” for seeking outside help, but we do not call someone weak for seeing a doctor when they are having flu symptoms.

Taking care of yourself includes taking care of your mental state in addition to your physical state. This constitutes your overall wellbeing, and is integral to leading a happy and fulfilling life.
Fortunately, many people experience improved mental wellbeing with the right help. There are always options, there is always hope, and there is always a healthy way to manage your symptoms.
If you are experiencing symptoms listed below, please reach out to your BHS Care Coordinator at 800-245-1150 to discuss your benefits and schedule an appointment with the appropriate provider:

  • Feeling sad or down
  • Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate
  • Excessive fear or worry, or extreme feelings of guilt
  • Extreme mood changes between highs and lows
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities
  • Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping
  • Detachment from reality (delusions), paranoia or hallucinations
  • Inability to cope with daily problems or stress
  • Trouble understanding or relating to situations and other people
  • Alcohol or drug abuse

If you are concerned about your mental health, don’t hesitate to seek advice. BHS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 800-245-1150.