Women's Guide to Mental Health

One in five women experienced a mental health condition last year.¹ You don’t have to go it alone. Discover strategies and support options designed to help you improve your overall well-being.

Take time to fit yourself into your schedule

Love yourself like you love your best friend

When your loved ones need you, you’re there. You drop everything and show up — physically and mentally — to offer support, any way you can. Now it’s time to do that for yourself. 

Your Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan plan gives you convenient options, like a hotline you can call 24/7, online therapy sessions, no-cost webinars and more. It’s never been easier to make yourself a priority. You’d want it for them, so do it for you, too.  

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Your care options

Whether you want to talk to someone in person, or virtually from your couch, we’ve got you covered. You can even explore online learning that’s self-paced. Explore all your options now. Get support

Phone + online support

In-person support

Self-guided care

Primary care physician

Primary care physician

Your partner in seeking treatment

If you're looking for an easy way to connect with a mental health professional, make an appointment with your PCP for a list of references. They may have other behavioral or mental health options for you to try as well.

Don’t have a PCP? You can log in to your Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan member account to find one.

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Women are twice as likely as men to have anxiety and depression.² ³

Anxiety

Women with anxiety tend to have persistent, excessive fear or worry in situations that are not threatening.4

Symptoms
  • A sense of apprehension or dread

  • Feeling restless, nervous or irritable

  • Having a racing or pounding heart

  • Feeling you can't catch your breath

  • Having an upset stomach or 'knots'

Depression

Women with depression have a series of symptoms — including hopelessness — that lasts longer than two weeks.5

Symptoms
  • Feeling hopeless or guilty

  • Loss of interest in activities

  • Having trouble concentrating

  • Having physical aches and pains

  • Changes in sleep or appetite

Daily practices for anxiety and depression

If you’re experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression, please seek support. You have flexible options with your Blue Cross plan that can help fit ‘you’ back in your schedule.  

You can also use these at-home strategies to manage everyday stress:

Reduce commitments
If you feel overwhelmed or stretched too thin, consider limiting your commitments. Saying ‘No’ is hard and takes practice. But oftentimes, saying ‘No’ to others means saying ‘Yes’ to yourself.

Set personal goals
Depression can make you feel fatigued and throw off your regular routine. Setting a few goals to accomplish during the day and including time to be physically active can help improve your mood and energy levels.

Nourish your body
Your physical self is connected to your emotional self. Eating nutrient-rich foods—and avoiding stimulants like caffeine, and depressants like alcohol—can help you find balance overall.

Did you know

Drinking can affect your mental health

New studies show that alcohol consumption among women has increased 41% since the pandemic began.6 Alcohol can lower your immune system and make existing anxiety or depression worse.

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It wasn’t until a family member opened up to me about the feelings he was having that made me realize that I wasn’t alone. Getting treatment allowed me to open up and share the grief I was feeling. I truly believe that once you talk about it, you can begin to move forward.

Blue Cross member, Natalie H.
Care option: In-person support

  

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Coping with isolation and loneliness

Finding ways to stay social can help you stay healthy

Social isolation can pose a threat to both physical and mental health for anyone, but especially for seniors. Limited human contact is even linked to many chronic conditions including depression, heart disease and high blood pressure.7 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan believes in the healing  power of human connection, even when it may feel tough to do so. Here are a few suggestions for helping to cope with isolation or loneliness.

  • Invite a friend to go on a walk or have a video chat.
  • Sign up for an online course or enthusiast group.
  • Try an online group exercise program like SilverSneakers®. 
If you’re a senior on Medicare, we have more resources to help you take care of your mental health and well-being. 

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The information contained on this webpage is for educational purposes only. Nothing on this webpage is intended to be, nor should be used as or relied upon as, professional medical advice. Nothing contained on this webpage is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. For medical advice, or to receive medical diagnosis or treatment, consult with your health care provider.