Asking for help when you’re struggling is a sign of strength, not of weakness

Posted on Oct 29th 2021 by Florida Blue

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The road to mental well-being can sometimes feel long and lonely, especially these days. But Florida Blue members don’t have to walk the road alone. We are right beside them to support them.

Florida Blue has put extensive resources in place to help the public on the issue of mental well-being, which is one of the three key drivers of health focused on by the Florida Blue Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm. The connections between the physical body and the mind are deep. To effectively treat someone, we must look at the whole person, which includes the connections that exist between physical and behavioral health.

There’s no doubt that the pandemic has given greater attention to the importance of mental well-being. And as Florida Blue’s Dr. Nick Dewan says, there is no health without mental health.

Mental well-being is an overall positive and hopeful emotion fueled by a sense of purpose and satisfaction in life, said Dewan, who is vice president of behavioral health for Florida Blue.

It also means being able to adapt to stressors we encounter. Those stressors definitely increased during the pandemic, where people faced loneliness, anxiety, depression and other issues more than ever before. Some we can manage on own, others we need help to get through. And that’s OK.

One in five adults in the United States experiences mental illness each year, but only 45 percent receive treatment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. A sign that you’re determined to do what it takes to get better.

Dewan said Florida Blue has systems in place to ensure people get quicker access to help, such as working with providers to offer both in-person and virtual visits. Because of the that, Florida Blue expects to help 15,000 more members this year than last year.

“When somebody has the courage to finally say, ‘I need help,’ we don’t want there to be delays,” he said.

Florida Blue has found that the majority of adults prefer to use digital resources and has curated a technology solution to reach people wherever they may be located. MeQuilibrium is a personalized stress management app available 24/7 to help Florida Blue members build their capability for resilience and balancing life.

Florida Blue is also working with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Strike the Stigma, a campaign to enhance education and awareness about well-being as we work to break the stigma surrounding mental health care. The first phase includes providing mental health services to 20 families at the IDEA Hope campus in Tampa.

Last year, the Florida Blue Foundation invested $7.6 million to address mental well-being training programs and opioids and substance use disorder recovery programs. These resources ensured more than 10,000 people received training, with the majority saying it improved their mental health and well-being.

Dewan said the pandemic gave everybody an invisible, potentially harmful, threat to their lives. Because of that, we all realize what stress feels like and we recognize the need to deal with our emotional health.

“When all of society experiences distress in some way, it shows the importance of it,” he said.

The demand for mental health services is not expected to drop, despite easing of the pandemic. In fact, it could actually increase due to prolonged and delayed stress and grief. If that happens, and you need help, don’t hesitate to ask Florida Blue for help. You’re worth it. And we’ll be right there with you.

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