Making Mental Health Care More Accessible

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Face masks, social distancing, constant disinfecting.

Hypervigilance has become a way of life. But while the masses are going to great lengths to keep COVID-19 at bay, another epidemic has quietly crept in—behavioral health conditions.

Anxiety, depression, insomnia, and substance abuse are on the rise.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise. Pandemic fallout is stressful. The startling thing is the prevalence.

Take depression, for example. A just-published study from JAMA Network Open found half of U.S. adults are experiencing depression symptoms. That’s triple the pre-pandemic rate. At my workplace, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, depression is one of the top three categories of health insurance claims.

Those statistics send a strong message that we need to add to our COVID-19 toolkits. Along with hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes, we should all be considering adding tools to improve our mental well-being.

BCBSND is making mental health care more accessible through a new offering, the Learn to Live online therapy solution. It’s free to members through 2020.

Learn to Live provides confidential cognitive behavioral health therapy from the privacy of your home with tools to assess, understand and master your emotional challenges.

If you’re a BCBSND member, you can learn more and set up your Learn to Live through the BCBSND website. Non-members can use the tool for a reasonable fee.

Whether it’s with this tool or another, tend to your mental health so you can continue being a Ladyboss!

–Dr. Greg Glasner

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About Dr. Glasner

Dr. Greg Glasner is the Chief Medical Officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. As a trained OB/GYN, Dr. Glasner has more than 25 years of experience in women’s health care and promoting well-being.