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Spring’s return to sunshine and warmth uplifts many, but if you feel like storm clouds are always looming, you aren’t alone. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and it is an opportunity to make strides in eradicating the stigma, extending support, and raising public awareness of individuals and families affected by mental illness.

Studies have shown that community provides many elements critical to mental health, like belonging, support and purpose.* As we approach this month-long emphasis, we want you to know Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield is ready to stand with you with resources available to address your whole person health.

You are not alone

Mental health conditions are common. In fact, 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 children in the United States will experience a mental health challenge each year. Conditions related to the mind are as valid as other medical conditions, like diabetes or heart disease. We are here to help you every step of the way.

Our specialized behavioral health team and member programs can help you navigate your behavioral healthcare, whether you need support for your mental health, substance use or help to focus on healthy behaviors.

Help is available

Outpatient services for most of our members include:

  • Bright Heart Health, for substance use disorders and chronic pain
  • Brightline, which offers virtual therapy, psychiatry and coaching for kids, teens, families and their caregivers
  • Teladoc Mental Health Complete, a digital solution for mental and behavioral telehealth services with a licensed provider

Learn more

You can learn more about behavioral health through The Blueprint Portal can connect you to providers and benefits specific to your health plan.

“While May is Mental Health Awareness Month, we want our members to know we are here for you year-round if you feel overwhelmed. Call us and let us help you find the resources you need,” said Chad Sievers, senior product manager, Behavioral Health.

We are here to assist

Need help? Speak to a behavioral health case manager if you have questions or need additional support. Call us at 800-225-1891. If you or a family member are having an urgent mental health crisis, call 9-8-8 or go to the nearest emergency room.

*National Alliance on Mental Illness

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