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USG WELL-BEING

A system-wide well-being initiative

FIND A HEALTHY STATE OF MIND

FIND A HEALTHY STATE OF MIND

Where can you get help?

If you or a loved one is struggling with a mental illness, help is nearby. You can talk to a licensed psychologist or therapist through video using LiveHealth Online Psychology.

It’s easy to use, private and, in most cases, you can see a therapist within four days or less.7 All you have to do is sign up at livehealthonline.com or download the app to get started.

Here’s how to make your first appointment:

Contact your Employee Assistance Program for resources available to help you and your family to build resilience and get answers to some of life’s toughest questions. Visit http://www.usg.edu/hr/benefits/employee_assistance_program and sign in using password USGCares or call 1-888-960-3305.


Taking steps toward good mental health

If you suffer from a mental illness, it can affect your whole life. Your feelings, moods and ability to think – they all suffer. How you relate to others may also suffer. It may even make it hard to function on a daily basis.1

But you are not alone. More than one in four Americans deal with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and other mental issues.2 A mental illness is a real medical condition – it’s
not just “in your head.” The good news is that most mental illness can be treated with the help of your doctors.1

Are you at risk?3

The exact cause of most mental illness is hard to pin down. If people in your family have struggled with mental disorders, you may have a higher chance of doing the same. But DNA isn’t the whole story. Things that happen to you – today or in the past – can play a part too. Even your lifestyle matters. Your risk of mental illness is a combination of many of the factors below. Talk about them with your doctor.

What can you do?

A healthy mind often goes hand in hand with a healthy body. Only a mental health professional can help you deal with the serious symptoms and causes of mental illness. But you can take steps to good mental health every day. Try these tips from Mental Health America:4

These web sites are also good sources of support:

1 National Alliance on Mental Illness, What is Mental Illness: Mental Illness Facts (accessed September 2010): nami.org
2 National Business Group on Health, Mental and Behavioral Health (accessed September 2010):businessgrouphealth.org
3 WebMD, Causes of Mental Illness (February 9, 2009): webmd.com
4 Mental Health America, Staying Well When You Have a Mental Illness (accessed September 2010):nmha.org
5 The Center for the Improvement of Human Functioning International, Mood Swings And Depression: Let’s Get To The Bottom Of It (accessed October 8, 2010): orthomolecular.org
6 HRHero.com, Mental Health Parity in Employer-Sponsored Health Plans (accessed September 2010): hrhero.com
7 Appointments subject to availability of a therapist.