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Behavioral Health Education

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Your mind and body are interconnected. You deserve information and resources that support your total health. Behavioral health education program aims to connect you to the people and resources that can help you live your best life. We are here to help you stay healthy – in mind, body, and spirit. Let’s get started!

Myths and Facts About Behavioral Health Conditions

There are myths about mental health conditions that simply aren’t true. Unfortunately, these negative stereotypes prevent many people from reaching out and getting the help they need. By understanding the truth about emotional health, you can spread the word to help raise awareness and fight the stigma associated with it.(Source)

Myth: People with behavioral health conditions never get better

Fact: Treatment works for more than 8 in 10 people who get help for depression, and as many as 9 in 10 people who get help for panic attacks.

Myth: People with behavioral health conditions are just weak

Fact: Many factors can impact behavioral health — including biology, environment, and challenging life events. Anyone can develop a mental health condition — there’s no single cause, and it isn’t anyone’s fault

Myth: Mental illness cannot be treated

Fact: There are many types of treatments available including medication and/or therapy.

Myth: If I get treatment, my employer will find out

Fact: You decide who you want to tell — and not tell — about your care. Your medical record is confidential, and you can’t lose your job or your health insurance for getting treatment for a mental health or addiction issue.

Myth: If I get treatment, I’ll have to take medication

Fact: There are many types of treatment. Medication is just one of them — and it’s typically combined with therapy, self-care resources, and other types of support. We don’t automatically recommend medication to everyone — it’s a personal decision members and providers make together.

Test Your Knowledge About Mental Health (Source)

  1. Poor mental health increases the risk for long-lasting (chronic) physical conditions like:
    1. Heart disease
    2. Stroke
    3. Cancer
    4. All the above
  1. Mental illnesses are
    1. Very common
    2. Not very common
    3. Fairly common
  1. Suicide is the ________ leading cause of death among people ages 15-34 in the United States.
    1. 24
    2. 10
    3. 40
    4. 2
  1. Mental health is:
    1. More than the absence of mental disorder
    2. Only important for some people
    3. An important part of overall health and wellbeing
  1. If you know someone with poor mental health, you can help by:
    1. Reaching out and letting them know help is available
    2. Helping them access mental health services
    3. Learning and sharing facts about mental health, especially if you hear something that isn’t true
    4. All the above
  1. People with mental health are violent
    1. True
    2. False
  1. Half of all mental illness occurs before a person turns ______ years old, and three-quarters of mental illness begin before age 24.
    1. 14
    2. 18
    3. 10
  1. Serious mental illness costs America how much in lost earnings per year?
    1. $2 billion in lost earning per year
    2. $20 million in lost earnings per year
    3. $400 billion in lost earning per year
    4. $1 billion in lost earning per year
  1. Mental illness is caused by
    1. Personal weakness
    2. Lack of willpower
    3. Several factors including biological factors, stressful or traumatic life events, and long-lasting health conditions such as heart disease or cancer.

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Stress Catcher Activity (Source)

Life can get challenging sometimes, and it’s important for kids (and adults!) to develop strategies for coping with stress or anxiety. This stress catcher “fortune teller” offers some strategies children can practice and use to help manage stress and other difficult emotions. Follow the instructions to create a fun and interactive way for children to practice coping strategies. (English; Spanish)