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Getting Help for Mental Health

Mental health (or behavioral health) is as real and important as physical health. Having a mental health condition is not a flaw. And getting help for a mental illness is not a weakness.

Getting Help for Mental Health

Mental health (or behavioral health) is as real and important as physical health. Having a mental health condition is not a flaw. And getting help for a mental illness is not a weakness.

Some of the more common mental health conditions include:

  • ADD-ADHD
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Grief and loss
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Substance abuse

Mental health conditions may be passed down through the family. Or they can occur because of abnormal brain chemistry, substance abuse, or in response to traumatic events or an abusive environment. In other words, a mental illness isn’t the fault of the person who’s suffering.

Symptoms

Learning symptoms of mental illness can help you recognize when you or a loved one need help. Symptoms include:

  • Feeling unable to cope with your day-to-day problems, work assignments, or usual household activities
  • Being overwhelmed by a deep sense of sadness, hopelessness, or helplessness
  • Having extreme mood swings, from high or hyper to down in the dumps
  • Withdrawing from people and normal activities
  • Believing things that are not true or hearing voices that are not there
  • Having thoughts or memories that you can’t get out of your head
  • Abusing alcohol or drugs
  • Getting very angry or acting violently
  • Having thoughts about suicide or hurting someone else
  • Having a plan of how you would commit suicide

If you have any of these symptoms, it’s better to get treatment sooner than later. These are warning signs that you definitely need help.

Symptoms

Learning symptoms of mental illness can help you recognize when you or a loved one need help. Symptoms include:

  • Feeling unable to cope with your day-to-day problems, work assignments, or usual household activities
  • Being overwhelmed by a deep sense of sadness, hopelessness, or helplessness
  • Having extreme mood swings, from high or hyper to down in the dumps
  • Withdrawing from people and normal activities
  • Believing things that are not true or hearing voices that are not there
  • Having thoughts or memories that you can’t get out of your head
  • Abusing alcohol or drugs
  • Getting very angry or acting violently
  • Having thoughts about suicide or hurting someone else
  • Having a plan of how you would commit suicide

If you have any of these symptoms, it’s better to get treatment sooner than later. These are warning signs that you definitely need help.

Take Action

Asking for and getting help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Just as you wouldn’t ignore a heart condition, seek treatment for a mental health concern.

Emergencies

Get help right away any time you think you might hurt yourself or someone else. Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433) or your local crisis center. For Maryland: call 2-1-1 and press option 1 or text 898-211.

If you are in an immediate state of crisis, call 9-1-1 or go straight to a hospital emergency room for temporary help. There, health care providers will also be able to tell you where and how to get more help.

Mental Health Providers

  • Psychiatrists or medical healthcare providers. These professionals can give counseling and medicine.
  • These professionals have doctorate degrees. They specialize in psychotherapy and human behavior.
  • Mental health nurse practitioners. These professionals have advanced degrees. They can give counseling and medicine.
  • Licensed clinical social workers (LCSW). These are professionals with a master’s degree who are trained in one-on-one and group psychotherapy. They help people deal with a variety of mental health and daily living problems.

Find a mental health provider:

Search the EHP network (select “Behavioral Health” under “Service Type”)

 

How to use Cigna’s provider search (includes information on “fast access” appointments)

Other Resources

Your health care provider. Your health care provider knows you and likely will notice any changes in your mood or personality. Your health care provider can also rule out possible physical reasons for your symptoms.

The Johns Hopkins Medicine Office of Wellbeing. From mySupport to Healthy at Hopkins, you have many resources through your employer.

Community mental health centers. These organizations give counseling and other services on a sliding-fee scale, based on your income.

Crisis centers. On-site mental health professionals give immediate evaluation and treatment.

Support and self-help groups. Alcoholics Anonymous and the National Alliance on Mental Illness are examples of peer and family support groups that meet both online and in person.

You can opt out of Care Management services at any time by contacting us at 800-557-6916 or caremanagement@jhhc.com.