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.
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
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.