Help is Available for Those Struggling with Mental Health: A Message from the Chief Medical Officer

Many people are feeling more stressed and anxious than usual. Some may have trouble with appetite, sleep, concentration or other aspects of their lives. Some may drink, use drugs or turn to other unhealthy coping strategies. Please know that help is available. In this video, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Chief Medical Director Dr. Derek Robinson shares some resources that can support mental health.

Learn more about how your mental health is important.

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Hello, I’m Dr. Derek Robinson, Chief Medical Officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, with a message about mental health. We understand that you may have been through a lot this year. You may be feeling anxious, sad or even depressed. You may not have words for your feelings, but you know you are not yourself. If you feel this way, you are not alone. Many of us still feel more stressed and anxious than usual. Some people may have trouble sleeping, concentrating or experience changes in their appetite or other aspects of their lives. Others may drink, use drugs or have other unhealthful coping strategies to help deal with their feelings. Please know that help is available. Lifestyle changes, counseling, medications and other therapies can be very helpful and get you on track to feeling better. Often help can be available through your computer or smartphone with health care providers that offer telehealth visits. If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself, please seek help immediately by calling 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255. Either of these numbers can be available and used nationwide. Remember, your mental health is just as important as your physical health. If you’re struggling, have a conversation with your health care provider. And as always, remember to talk to your health care provider about any health concerns or questions you may have.

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