5 items tagged "mental health"

  • #BeThere to Help Prevent Suicide

    Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. Suicide is more than a mental health concern.

    A CDC study showed that a range of factors contribute to suicide among those with and without known mental health conditions. Everyone can help prevent suicide by knowing the warning signs and where to get help.

    The Facts About Suicide

    Suicide is a public health problem because of its far-reaching effects:

    • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It was responsible for more than 48,000 deaths in 2018.
    • In 2018, 10.7 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.3 million made a plan, and 1.4 million attempted suicide.
    • People who have experienced violence, including child abuse, bullying, or sexual violence are at higher risk for suicide.

    Suicide prevention is everyone’s business. You can #BeThereexternal and #BeThe1Toexternal help a friend, loved one, or coworker. Everyone can learn the warning signs and how to get help.

    What to Watch For

    Individual, relationship, community, and societal factors may influence the risk of suicide. Know the suicide warning signs including:

    • Feeling like a burden
    • Being isolated
    • Increased anxiety
    • Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
    • Increased substance use
    • Looking for a way to access lethal means
    • Increased anger or rage
    • Extreme mood swings
    • Expressing hopelessness
    • Sleeping too little or too much
    • Talking or posting about wanting to die
    • Making plans for suicide

    How to Get Help

    Safeguard the people in your life from the risk of suicide and support them:

    • Ask.
    • Keep them safe.
    • Be there.
    • Help them connect. You can start with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255).
    • Follow up.
    • Find out how these actions can save a life by visiting www.BeThe1To.com.

    Everyone can play a part in preventing suicide!

    More Resources and Information

    CDC’s Suicide Prevention Fact Sheet

    Link to full article on CDC's website




  • #breakthestigma

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month. 1 in 5 people will be affected by a mental health issue in their lifetime. Take the time to show you care about mental health.

    Mental Health Facts

    • 1 in 5 (46.6 million) adults in the United States experience a mental health condition in a given year.
    • 1 in 25 (11.2 million) adults in the United States experience a serious mental health issue in a given year.
    • Approximately 46.6 million adults in the United States face the reality of managing a mental health issue every day.
    • Half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24, but early intervention programs can help.
    • Up to 90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental health issue as revealed by psychological autopsy. 46% of those who die by suicide have a diagnosed mental health issue.
    • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. With effective care, suicidal thoughts are treatable, and suicide is preventable.
    • Individuals with mental health conditions face an average 11-year delay between experiencing symptoms and starting treatment.
    • Common barriers to treatment include the cost of mental health care and insurance, prejudice and discrimination, and structural barriers like transportation.
    • Even though most people can experience relief from symptoms and support for their recovery in treatment, less than half of the adults in the United States get the help they need.

    What Is Stigma?

    People experiencing mental health conditions often face rejection, bullying and even discrimination. This can make their journey to recovery longer and more difficult. Stigma is when someone, or you yourself, views you in a negative way because you have a mental health condition. Some people describe stigma as shame that can be felt as a judgement from someone else or a feeling that is internal, something that confuses feeling bad with being bad.

    Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation, blame and secrecy that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to reaching out, getting needed support and living well. Learning how to cope with stigma and how to avoid and address stigma are important for all of us.

    Mohawk's Employee Assistance

    If you or a family member are experiencing any mental health related symptoms or other challenges, Employee Assistance (EA) helps you and your family members successfully manage life’s challenges including (but not limited to) Stress Management, Depression/Anxiety, Family/Parenting, General Wellness & Healthy Living, Emotional, Workplace Issues, Alcohol/Drug Abuse, Legal Services, and Financial Assistance. It is a free and completely confidential service.

    Go online to www.mycigna.com (employer ID: mohawk) or call 855-566-4295.

    More Information

    For more information on this topic and to visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), click here.


  • 10 Ways to Start Loving Your Brain

    Growing evidence indicates that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by adopting key lifestyle habits. When possible, combine these habits to achieve maximum benefit for the brain and body.

    10 Ways to Love Your Brain

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    Visit the Alzheimer's Association website here.


  • Coping with Stress during COVID-19 Pandemic

    Outbreaks Can be Stressful

    The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

    Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:
    • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
    • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
    • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
    • Worsening of chronic health problems
    • Worsening of mental health conditions
    • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs 

    Everyone Reacts Differently to Stressful Situations

    How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.

    People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include:
    • Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19
    • Children and teens
    • People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors, other health care providers, and first responders
    • People who have mental health conditions including problems with substance use

    Take Care of Yourself and Your Community

    Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.

    Ways to Cope with Stress
    • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
    • Take care of your body.
    • Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
    • Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
    • Exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep.
    • Avoid alcohol and drugs.
    • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
    • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

    Employee Assistance Benefit is Here for You!

    Everyday stressors may be higher during this uncertain time with COVD-19. Our Employee Assistance benefit is here for you! Employees and their families have access to resources, counselors and more at mycigna.com (employer ID: mohawk) or call 855-566-4295.

    Need help? Know someone who does?

    If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others

    Take Care of your Mental Health

    Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.

    People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms. Additional information can be found at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Preparedness page.

    For parents, people at higher risk for serious illness, people coming out of quarantine, or for responders, click here to read the full article.


    For additional details and resources, click here to read the full article from the Center's for Disease Control (CDC).


  • Mental Health Awareness

    You are not alone. It’s essential to prioritize our mental health and stay connected with friends, family and peers. No one should feel alone in their mental health journey or without the resources and support they need.

    Mohawk employees and their family members have access to Cigna Employee Assistance. It is a free and completely confidential service so that you and your family members can talk with an expert and receive counseling. They're ready to listen to your concerns, get you the information you need and guide you toward the right solution. Licensed professional employee assistance consultants are available for telephonic consultation for routine or urgent concerns. They can also direct you to a variety of helpful resources in your community. Click here for more information about Cigna Employee Assistance.


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