March 20, 2020 Healthy Living

Caring for Your Mental Health during Coronavirus

During this time of uncertainty, fear, and the need to distance ourselves from the people we love and the things we enjoy, CDPHP® is here for you. You may be feeling lonely and isolated, and we want to help.

There are several resources you can take advantage of to ensure you keep your mental health at the top of your priority list, including:

  • The CDPHP Behavioral Health Access Center – CDPHP offers you personal assistance and a variety of resources for coping with mental health issues. Call the CDPHP Behavioral Health Access Center toll-free at 1-888-320-9584 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you need support after-hours, please call the crisis hotline at 1-855-293-0785.
  • Doctor On Demand* – In addition to medical visits, Doctor On Demand offers live video appointments with psychiatrists and psychologists who can review your symptoms, including depression, anxiety, and more, and recommend the appropriate level of treatment.
    *Available with most plans. Check your member contract for details.
  • The CDPHP Care Team – Do you feel like you need help navigating your health, but not sure where to start? The CDPHP Care Team can help. Call member services at the number on your member ID card to be connected with a team member.
    • Members currently working with the CDPHP Care Team may be eligible for Valera Health, a smartphone app that keeps you connected and issues gentle reminders about your care. Contact your CDPHP Care Team member to learn more.
  • Employer-based Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) – Many employers offer supportive resources through an EAP arrangement. Contact your company’s benefits department for more information about this service.

Additional Helpful Tips

  • Though many fitness facilities are closed at this time, try to maintain a regular fitness routine. Check out our previous blog Bringing Your Fitness Routine Indoors for at-home workout ideas, or take a look at your phone’s app store for fitness apps.
  • Getting outside for a walk, fresh air, and sunshine when you can will help break up long periods of time at home and indoors.
  • Stay connected with friends and family members via text, phone calls, and even better, video chatting so you can actually see one another. The same can be said for coworkers if you’re working remotely – videoconferencing can help teams stay connected.

The CDPHP community remains strong and we will fight this pandemic, but you don’t need to do it alone. Please consider using these resources to help you through this difficult time.

Natalia Burkart
About the Author

Natalia joined CDPHP in 2015 as a communications writer/editor and currently serves as director, communications strategy. Born and raised in the Capital Region, Natalia earned a BS in marketing and management from Siena College and an MBA from Union Graduate College (now Clarkson University). A self-professed news junkie and lover of iced coffee, Natalia currently resides in North Greenbush with her husband and two kids.

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