Mental Health Awareness, Your Support Can Make A Difference

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We’ve all worked with or known someone that for whatever reason, seems to be having difficulty dealing with the day-to-day issues that make up this wonderful thing called life. Heck…I’m sure this someone has been each of us at one point or another.

Reassure anyone you know that treatment is not a sign of weakness, instead quite the opposite. Explain that you view it as a positive action towards personal understanding; taking the first steps toward learning and implementing new approaches in order to live the healthiest, most meaningful and happiest life possible!

Treatment has many forms, but most often is as simple as just speaking to a health professional that can offer straightforward suggestions. Having someone to talk to that is outside of their personal circle of acquaintances allows for more freedom in expression, and more quickly gets to the core issues and available solutions.

The Affordable Care Act mandated that mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) services as part of the ten Essential Health Benefits that must be provided in most health insurance plans. Each plan is different, check with your insurance agent or insurance carrier to verify how MH/SUD benefit services are covered.

There are many free resources available as well:

  • Wisconsin Community Program, Social Service, and Human Service Agencies

Wisconsin’s 72 counties are responsible for delivering services and providing for the well-being, treatment, and care of individuals with mental illness. The Department of Health Services maintains a list of contacts for county services.

  • 9-1-1 should be called immediately for any emergency situation. or where loss of life or injury may occur
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

If you or someone you know is in an emotional distress or suicidal crisis, please call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

  • HOPELINE Text Crisis Line

Text “HOPELINE” to 839863

  • CRISIS TEXT LINE

Text “START” to 741-741

Employers, if you suspect that an employee may benefit from speaking to a mental health professional, please extend a helping hand. Having healthy employees is healthy for your business and all those associated with it. Take a look at this article from the Kaiser Family Foundation on the impact of mental health in the workplace, Depression, Related Ailments Take Their Toll On The Workplace.

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