The Pulse of SchoolCare, October 2021

Stressed? We’ve Got Solutions for Helping You Cope

Published October 13, 2021

More than 19 months in to the Covid-19 pandemic, the associated stress is impacting people from all walks of life. The topic of mental health remains a worldwide focus as many people struggle in this “new normal.”

Your SchoolCare medical plan offers a wide range of mental health support. 

Make mindfulness a daily practice with a variety of self-guided resources and tools

  • The Changing Lives by Integrating Mind and Body® (CLIMB) program offers free podcasts that help incorporate mindfulness into your daily life. More here.
  • Check out the final session for Cigna’s 2021 Behavioral Health Education Series on “Mindfulness for Life” on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m.
  • Download the Happify app for “science-based activities and games designed to help you overcome negative thoughts, stress, and life's challenges.”

Employee Assistance Programs can provide self-guided help and/or in-person support

Take advantage of SchoolCare members Employee Assistance Programs. Watch seminars on topics of interest or talk to a live person about a subject that is creating stress or affecting your mental health. Your EAP benefits includes 1-3 sessions per issue with a counselor on number of work/life/health-related topics.

The SchoolCare Snippet at right walks you through how to access these resources.

Virtual behavioral health care for 24/7 access to live support

  • Check out our SchoolCare Pulse article this month on virtual care for more information about virtual behavioral health.
  • Get help overcoming anxiety, depression, grief, panic and more with on-demand coaching and personalized lesson plans through iPrevail.
  • Take advantage of the Ginger Emotional Support App or the Talkspace App for 24/7 virtual mental health coaching.

In-person counseling for traditional one-on-one care

If you feel like there is no better substitute to meeting with a counselor in-person, login to your myCigna account and click the “Find Care and Costs” menu item to find a provider in your area who is accepting new patients. 

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