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Mental Health Awareness Month

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Mental Health Awareness Month

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. This is an opportunity to promote mental health as a part of our overall wellness and to reduce the stigma associated with mental health concerns. 

The official color for MHAM is green. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to help raise awareness and promote mental health by wearing green on May 30th.

See below for mental health resources.


The 2024 Mental Health Awareness Month Bingo card is coming soon!

  • Bobcat Balance is our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) administered by ComPsych. Bobcat Balance provides financial, mental health, and legal resources to help support your well-being at work and at home.

    Faculty and Staff in a benefits-eligible position and members of their household are each provided up to 5 free mental health counseling sessions per issue, per year.

    Read more: Alternatives to In-Person Therapy

  • Consult a licensed mental health professional any day of the week online. A mental health Virtual Visit is similar to an outpatient visit to a mental health provider’s office but the visit is conducted online (video conference only, telephonic not available).

    How it works

    • You must make appointments in advance – appointments are typically available within 5-7 days on average, but could take up to two weeks
    • Only psychiatrists are able to prescribe medication, if deemed necessary and appropriate, but will not prescribe controlled substances
    • HealthSelect of Texas, HealthSelect Out-of-State and HealthSelect Secondary: No cost
    • Consumer Directed HealthSelect: You pay 20% of the allowable amount after the annual deductible is met
    • You can choose between Doctor On Demand and MDLIVE

    See the Master Benefits Plan Document for your plan for benefit details.

    What can be treated

    Licensed mental health professionals can provide treatment for:

    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Stress
    • Anger Management
    • Insomnia
    • Substance Abuse
    • Trauma and Loss
    • Addiction

     

  • The 988 Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States. They're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.

    Every person nationwide can call or text 988 or online chat with 988lifeline.org to reach trained crisis counselors who can help in a mental health, substance use, or suicide crisis.

  • NAMI Stigma-Free Campaign

    • Stigma harms the 1 in 5 Americans affected by mental health conditions. It shames them into silence and prevents them from seeking help. Take the StigmaFree quiz to see if you might be affected.

      TAKE THE QUIZ

    • The StigmaFree campaign is NAMI’s effort to end stigma and create hope for those affected by mental illness. Through powerful words and actions, we can shift the social and systemic barriers for those living with mental health conditions.

      TAKE THE PLEDGE

       

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    Fitness Connect Community: Mental Health Benefits of Physical Activity
    Tuesday, May 14 |10 – 10:15 a.m.

    Monthly sessions, featuring presentations by BCBSTX wellness consultants, can help you get fit and stay healthy. Each month, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with other participants and share your experiences.

     

    Nutrition Connect Community: Food & Your Mind- a Closer Look
    Tuesday, May 28 |10 – 10:15 a.m.

    A closer look at the food and mind connection. Monthly sessions, featuring presentations by BCBSTX wellness consultants, can teach you how to incorporate foods into your daily routine to support your optimal health. Each month, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with other participants and share your experiences.

     

  • Additional Resources