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Finding Online Mental Health Resources During COVID-19

For many, the COVID-19 pandemic presents both physical and emotional challenges. People are experiencing loss, feelings of uncertainty and in some cases, hopelessness. Due to a growing need, mental health providers have created online resources dedicated to those seeking external support.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has multiple options for people dealing with low complexity to severe mental health issues. Services include:

  • Telehealth Visits: Contact your primary care provider to see if they’re available via telemedicine or through their patient portals.
  • Blue Cross Online Visits: Online visits, or E-Visits, involve real-time communication between a patient, physician, or other health care provider. They consist of video chats or phone calls regarding non-emergency care. Before getting started, make sure Blue Cross Online Visits is included in your current health plan as it is a separate service.
  • Blue Cross Virtual Well-Being: Blue Cross members have access to free weekly webinars that are designed to uplift and inspire. Topics include self-care, resiliency, nutrition, exercise, and more. With each course, members learn healthy habits to help change their lives from the inside out.

National Mental Health Resources

Anxiety and Depression

  • New Directions –New Directions is a program that provides coordinated mental health services that are customized to each person’s needs. The New Directions website has suggested tips and coping techniques for individuals struggling with anxiety, grief or substance use due to COVID-19.
  • The Anxiety and Depression Association of America – The ADAA provides treatment and support for those with anxiety, depression, chronic stress, or suicidal thoughts. They have a COVID-19 resource page with articles and videos to help manage mental health during and after the pandemic.

Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – SAMHSA has a list of virtual recovery programs for people living with alcohol and substance use disorders. Notable groups include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and In the Rooms Global Recovery Community.
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism – While adhering to physical distancing rules, the NIAAA offers links to professionally-led treatment and mutual-support groups. The online navigator helps visitors explore recovery programs, doctors, therapists and their specialties.

Eating Disorders

  • National Eating Disorders Association – NEDA is a trusted resource for individuals seeking education, support and treatment for eating disorders. Their website has multiple interactive options such as virtual support groups, NEDA Connections Video Series, and a special forum addressing COVID-19.
  • Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders – ANAD is one of the oldest non-profits of its kind focusing on the awareness, treatment, and prevention of eating disorders. The website hosts multiple online support groups, which are free and anonymous. It also highlights free and low-cost services for those in need of additional treatment.

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