Improving Mental Health Care Through our Partnership with Catalyst for Payment Reform

We partnered with the nonprofit Catalyst for Payment Reform to uncover obstacles employers face in providing quality access to mental health care – and how to overcome those obstacles.

We’re committed to reducing mental health stigma and increasing awareness. These articles highlight how we are continuously working on innovative and effective ways to better serve our caregivers.

Why Mariah Carey’s Bipolar Diagnosis Matters

“Mega-star Mariah Carey has done the world, and herself, a great service by sharing the story of her struggles to regain her health and sense of self after receiving a diagnosis of bipolar disorder in 2001.

“Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” she told Peoplein this week’s cover story. “It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn’t do that anymore. I sought and received treatment, I put positive people around me and I got back to doing what I love — writing songs and making music.”

Carey’s story is not unusual.”

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Employers may soon get new tools for assessing mental health services

“Employers are recognizing the need to address behavior health in employees’ overall wellbeing. Many workplaces include mental health services among their benefit plans or as a component of their health and wellness programs. Anxiety, depression and the effects of stress are major concerns that employers must address for a healthy, productive workforce; their comorbidity with other health issues, however, can make behavioral health difficult to assess and treat.”

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What are mental health issues really costing us?

“Did you know that the U.S. spends over $200 billion on mental health disorders, ranking it as one of the costliest areas of health care, even above heart conditions and trauma and injury?  When you consider the prevalence of depression, stress, anxiety, and substance use disorders, this may not be surprising.  18% of Americans have a mental health conditions.”

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Virtual Discussion! Employers Demand Better Mental Health Care

Becky Fraynt, Senior Program Manager of Health Improvement Programs will participate in a live discussion on May 1 to kick-off Mental Health Month. Register today to join in on the discussion about the importance of mental health care.