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When we think about health, most of us think physical health. While it’s important to take care of your body, your mental health is just as important. In fact, your mental health and physical health are interconnected.

According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)*, mental illness such as depression can increase your risk for health conditions such as:

  • Stroke

  • Type 2 diabetes

  • Heart disease

Likewise, having a chronic health condition can increase your risk for mental illness.

How Common is Mental Illness?

Many people feel uneasy talking about mental health issues. But mental illness is more common than you may realize. The CDC estimates that one in five Americans will experience mental illness in given year. And more than half of Americans will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lives.

Take Advantage of Resources Available to You

Many of our members have access to programs such as these that can help them cope with mental health issues.

  • Health Coaching – Get support for living with depression, anxiety, substance use disorders and more.

  • Blue CareOnDemandSM – Consult with a behavioral health specialist via video chat from your computer or mobile device.

Log into My Health Toolkit® to see what’s available through your specific plan

*The CDC is an independent organization that offers health information that members of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina may find helpful.

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