The Pulse of SchoolCare September 2021

Easy Access to Mental Health Care Through myCigna

Published September 15, 2021

Over the last 18 months, the effects of living in isolation and under heightened amounts of stress have been felt worldwide. Perhaps new to many of our vocabulary is the term languishing – a sense of stagnation and emptiness or living in a fog. (This article from Cigna may resonate.)

The persistence of these feelings can have a lasting negative effect on our well-being. So, when life throws challenges our way, how do we find balance?

While not a substitute for one-on-one professional care (see box below or at right), there are several resources in your myCigna account that can help improve your mental health from the comfort of your home or on-the-go.

  • Employee Assistance Programs are available to you and your family members at no cost. From recorded webinars to one-on-one remote or telehealth support on a variety of topics, more on EAP support is available under the “Coverage” tab in your account.
  • Check out this “SchoolCare Snippet” to learn more about Happify and iPrevail, both available under the EAP section. These resources will help with mental health on-the-go.
  • Under the “Wellness” tab, click on “stress” to find a toolkit for managing stress; a library of articles pertaining to work-life balance, coping with stress, mindfulness and meditation and stress relief; and Apps and Activities you can complete to reduce your stress and improve your health for a $25 Good For You! Well-Being Program incentive each quarter.

Find these tools and more at by logging in to your personal account, or in the MyCigna app.

September is Suicide Prevention Month

A time to raise awareness about the stigma around the topic, September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) is highlighting this year’s theme, Together for Mental Health, which “encourages people to bring their voices together to advocate for better mental health care, including a crisis response system.”

If you, or someone you know is showing signs of severe depression, or if you’ve had thoughts of self-harm or have a friend or family member who has talked about harming themselves, help is immediately available.

Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

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