Help is Available for Those Struggling with Mental Health: A Message from the Chief Medical Officer

Many people are feeling more stressed and anxious than usual. Some may have trouble with appetite, sleep, concentration or other aspects of their lives. Some may drink, use drugs or turn to other unhealthy coping strategies. Please know that help is available. In this video, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Chief Medical Director Dr. Mark Chassay shares some resources that can support mental health.

Learn more about how your mental health is important.

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I’m Dr. Mark Chassay, Chief Medical Officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, with a message about mental health. We understand that you’ve been through a lot this year. You may be feeling, anxious, sad or even depressed. You may not have words for your feelings, but you know you’re not yourself. If you feel this way, you are not alone. Many of us still feel more stressed and anxious than usual. Some people may have trouble with appetite, sleeping, concentrating or other aspects of their lives. Some may drink, use drugs or have other unhealthy coping strategies to help with their feelings. Please know that help is available. Lifestyle changes, counseling, medication and other therapies can be very helpful and get you feeling better. Often help can even be sought through your computer or smartphone with health care providers that offer telehealth options. If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself, please seek help immediately by calling 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Either of these numbers can be used nationwide. Remember, your mental health is just as important as your physical health. If you are struggling, have a conversation with your health care provider. As always, remember to talk to your health care provider about any health concerns you may have.

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