We want to help our members feel their best.
Sometimes, though, you or a loved one may experience some of the following feelings or issues:1
- Always feeling sad.
- Not wanting to do things you used to enjoy.
- Having trouble sleeping.
- Not feeling like eating.
- Seeing weight loss or weight gain and you don’t know why.
- Having difficulty concentrating.
- Feeling stressed or irritable all the time.
- Having constant pain like headaches, stomachaches, or back aches.
- Having issues with alcohol or drug abuse.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in four adults in this country experiences a mental illness each year. Only 17% of Americans ages 18 and older are estimated to have “optimal” mental health.2
We can have more than one mental health diagnosis at the same time. We can also have a mental health diagnosis and another serious medical condition at the same time, such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease.
If you are concerned about any of the above, as a First Choice member, you are able to access a wide range of behavioral health services. To learn more about behavioral health and other plan benefits, contact Member Services at 1-888-276-2020. If you need help or have specific questions about behavioral health, talk to your primary care provider (PCP) or mental health provider.
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Teenage depression and suicide
What can you do?
Practice healthy behaviors that help your mood, like getting the sleep you need and exercising.3
- “Mental Illness,” Mayo Clinic, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mental-illness/symptoms-causes/syc-20374968.
- “Mental Health,” HealthyPeople.gov, https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/leading-health-indicators/2020-lhi-topics/Mental-Health/determinants.
- “Mental Health,” MedlinePlus, https://medlineplus.gov/mentalhealth.html.