The month of May is Mental Health Month, and it is a good time to learn about mental health conditions and where to find treatment.

Living through the past two years of the pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of millions of Americans. We may notice a change in our own moods and emotions or recognize a change in our loved ones. Mental health encompasses our emotional and social well-being and ultimately effects how we feel, think and act daily. It can interrupt how we make decisions, perform at work, interact with others, and our ability to handle stress.

Stats show that in 2019, nearly 50 million or 19.86% of adults in America experience a mental illness. (Source) This is not a small number and if you add in the pandemic stress since 2020, the number of those suffering from a mental illness, will continue to increase.

Knowing where to get help is vital. You can reach out to your health insurance company, primary care physician, or state/county health authority who can help you find resources.  The first step is recognizing the symptoms and then talking to a professional who can help you on the path to diagnosis and a treatment plan. 

CalCPA Health medical subscribers have access to understanding mental health and what resources are available to them (Visit https://www.anthem.com/ca/mental-health). Another resource CalCPA Health medical members have access to is LiveHealth Online which offers psychology and psychiatrist visits online. 

If you or someone you know needs immediate help, you should call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or call 911.

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