Published: May 17, 2022
As we recognize May as Mental Health Awareness Month, take advantage of the benefits in your WHA health plan that can help your mental state of mind. Here’s our Mental Health quick reference sheet that gives you program information and contacts.
Access to Care
When you decide you need to see someone to help you get in a better state of mind, you don’t have to ask your PCP for referral. Your WHA health plan can help you find a mental health provider by simply calling our partner, Magellan Healthcare, at 1.800.424.1778 (toll-free, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day). And, when you are scheduled/ready to meet with a mental health provider or therapist, use this helpful flyer to prepare for your first appointment.
Urgent Anytime/Anywhere Care
- 24-hour Crisis Line: If you or a loved one is in crisis; Magellan Healthcare also operates a free 24-hour crisis line for anyone who needs access to confidential counseling services at 1.800.327.7451 (TTY 711).
- Virtual Care: If you need urgent care support, WHA offers Teladoc virtual visits for you and your family members on your WHA medical plan. Download the Teladoc app from mywha.org/Teladoc and create an account with your medical history (all information is confidential). They will usually connect you with a doctor within 15-30 minutes.
Practice Self Care
In the meantime, take time for yourself. We’re hearing a lot about self-care these days, and that can mean literally anything you want or need it to be. It’s about taking care of yourself so you have the energy and desire to be enthusiastic about all that life offers you! That sounds like an important type of care to give yourself. It may be a walk in the park, a hot bath, a day at the beach…whatever lets you breathe and relax.
Get Enough Sleep
Most adults need about nine hours of sleep each night. Try limiting your screen time, whether it’s the television or mobile phone. Press “record” on your favorite show, turn off the non-stop news, and mute your phone (as well as texts alerts and social media), so you can get to bed a bit earlier and disconnect from information overload.
For assistance finding a mental health specialist, or learn more about your mental health benefits and coverage in your WHA health plan, contact WHA’s Member Services at 888.563.2250. For mental health screening, prevention, and resources visit mywha.org/bh.
Important Note: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is at 1.800.273.8255 or website. Starting this July 16, 2022, the dialing code “988” will be available to everyone nationwide as a universal phone # for mental health concerns as a way to connect people who are struggling to get the prompt help they need. Calls will be accepted 24/7. For more information, see FAQs.