Each May there is a national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Mental health is crucial to a person’s overall health. This month is dedicated to understanding the prevention and treatment of mental health problems. It is critical for organizations to provide support for mental health, not only for the overall well-being of their employees but also to help manage their overall health care cost.
What is Mental Health?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines mental health as our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.2 Depending on many factors, your mental health can change over time. Mental illness can increase the risk of chronic health conditions.2
Mental Health Facts & Figures3
- 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year.
- 1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year.
- 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24.
- Suicide is the leading cause of death among people aged 10-34.
Tips to Boost Your Mental Health
- Set up a getaway: Having something to look forward to can boost your overall happiness for up to 8 weeks!4
- Utilize your strengths: Doing something that you are good at can help build self-confidence.4
- Do something with friends and family: People are 12 times more likely to feel happy on days they spend 6-7 hours with friends and family.4
- Incorporate Omega-3 fatty acids into your diet: Omega-3 fatty acids are linked to decreased rates of depression among many other benefits.4
Mental Health Services
Genetics, lifestyle, and environment are all factors that contribute to your mental health. The pandemic has had an impact on many people’s mental health in a negative way. If you or a loved one are struggling, check out these mental health screening tools:5
- Take a Mental Health Test | MHA Screening (mhanational.org) offers a quick easy screening to see if you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.
- The CDC offers this quiz: Quiz – Mental Health – CDC to help you understand the facts and myths surrounding mental health.
- Take an anonymous mental health screening here: https://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/NEW
Tria Health and Mental Health
Many patients decide to take medications to effectively manage their mental health. There are a variety of mental health medications currently on the market, ranging from selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to atypical antidepressants. Because there is not a test to measure to brain chemicals, it can be a trial-and-error process to identify the best treatment for a patient. If Tria Health is offered through your benefits plan, you have the option of receiving a one-on-one, private consultation with one of Tria Health’s pharmacists over the phone. During your consultation, your pharmacist will review all your current medications, including vitamins and supplements. If you are interested in exploring medication treatments for mental health, Tria’s pharmacist will be able to provide you with recommendations.
Call the Tria Health Help Desk: 1.888.799.8742
- Mental Health Month | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Learn About Mental Health – Mental Health – CDC
- Mental Health Month 2021 – National Council for Mental Wellbeing « National Council (thenationalcouncil.org)
- 31 Tips to Boost Your Mental Health | Mental Health America (mhanational.org)
- Mental Health Awareness Month 2021: What to Know – GoodRx