May 5 2020

8 Resources to Help You Cope with Depression and Anxiety

Do you find your mind racing? Do you often feel sad and overwhelmed? You are not alone. In the U.S., millions of Americans live with mental illness, and 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime.

Since 1949, Mental Health America and other organizations across the country have observed May as Mental Health Month to help raise awareness, fight stigma, and provide support to those with loved ones with mental health problems. This year’s Mental Health Awareness campaign will be Tools 2 Thrive, which will focus on finding practical tools that you can use to help you cope with depression and anxiety.

As we observe Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to share useful tools offered by Mental Health America and other organizations.

Free Tools

Online Mental Health Screening 

One way to check in on yourself is to take a mental health screen at mhascreening.org. It is a fast, free, and private way to assess your mental health. After the screening, you will receive resources and tools to help you navigate the difficulties you are going through.

Mental Health of America Crisis Hotline

If you are experiencing emotional distress, you can speak with someone over the phone at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.

Veterans Crisis Hotline

Are you a Veteran in crisis, or know one that is? Call or chat the Veterans Crisis Line to speak with caring and qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Stress Screener

Are you feeling more stressed lately? Find out the degree of stress you are experiencing by taking the Mental Health America Stress. The screener will let you know what next steps you should take and give you a list of tools that can help you manage your stress and learn about the effects of stress on your overall health.

Worksheets

Mental Health America has many worksheets to help you navigate changes, keep your mind grounded, help you think ahead, and more. View the full list of worksheets.

For Young Adults–Go Ask Alice!

Feel afraid to ask certain questions? Go Ask Alice! is a question and answer site has an extensive database of questions geared towards emotional and other health concerns for young adults. You can search and find questions that relate to your wellbeing.

HealthTalk.org

Healthtalk.org shares thousands of people’s experiences through video with various health conditions, including depression. View the videos.

Friday Resources Available to You

Your Friday health plan is here to help you manage your mental health, including a fantastic network of doctors and licensed professionals who are here for you to talk to. Find out what resources are available to you.

Speak with a mental health professional

Using our provider search, you can find psychiatrists, counselors, and psychologists in the mental health space. While it’s best to work with your primary care doctor to coordinate an appointment, you do not need a referral to set up a mental health visit.

While you do not need a referral, your mental health visit is considered a specialist visit. For many Friday plans, this means the cost of your visit will go toward your deductible. But be sure to review your plan details on your member portal before your visit.

Having trouble finding a doctor near you? Reach out to our customer service team and we’ll help find someone: 800-475-8466

Your mental health prescription coverage

Put that wallet away. As a Friday member, you have access to a wide range of $0 preferred generic prescription drugs to treat and help manage your symptoms*. Check out our drug list to see if your drugs are covered.

*Not covered on Catastrophic or HSA Plans.

Speak to a mental health professional online or by phone 

Many mental health professionals are now offering phone or video visits due to COVID19, so be sure to ask.

With Start Talking, you can speak with a mental health specialist through the camera of your smartphone, tablet, or computer. And you can have your appointment in the comfort and convenience of your own home, car, or office. Secure, discreet, and affordable, Start Talking has a great group of qualified therapists to choose from and is available with every Friday health plan.

Start Talking is an in-network provider that is covered by your health plan as a mental health visit.

Remember, mental health is essential to your overall health and wellbeing. Follow Mental Health America throughout the month to learn about tools that can help you or a loved one. Know of a tool that is free and easy to use? Share it below!

As always, please give our customer service team a call with any questions about your plan: 800-475-8466 or questions@fridayhealthplans.com

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