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Supporting employee efforts to become healthier post-pandemic

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The year 2020 will be one to go down in the history books.

People worldwide have experienced upheaval to a degree not seen in decades. As we begin to return to a more normal pattern of life, the long-term effects of this experience are becoming known.

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Nurture hope to overcome challenging times

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Political conflict and change are normal features of life; however, recent events have elevated that concept to new heights in modern American history.

During these times of increased tension and polarization, conflict and change have caused many people to feel anxious and worried.

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Right the ship: Finding balance during the election

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There’s a lot going on in the world right now that can upset the most balanced of equilibriums.

COVID-19 has caused widespread illness and economic hardship, as our country also goes through ongoing social change and national introspection.

And, then, of course, there’s the election.

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Yes you can: How to manage the very difficult

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For those people who are both working and parenting from home, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned into the perfect storm.

Even during “normal” times, simultaneously being a spouse, parent and employee can feel difficult, and many may feel that they aren’t fulfilling those roles 100 percent.

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Mental health and wellbeing: Knowing when to help a loved one

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The fear of the unknown. It’s a phrase we’ve all used, but during today’s COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a term that has adopted real meaning as none of us can be sure what the future holds.

We are living a true day-by-day existence, which runs counter to the human instinct to anticipate and plan.

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COVID-19 isolation: You’re not alone

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For most people, the term “social distance” is contradictory to the very nature of who we are: social animals whose very existence relies on interacting with others, whether through families, workplaces, neighborhoods, nations and beyond.

So when we’ve been asked to “social distance” due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us may feel alone – physically, psychologically, and of course, socially.

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Seven steps to maintaining resilience during COVID-19 stress

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Resilience is important to good mental health and wellbeing.

It helps us to overcome adversity in general and, more specifically, mental health challenges, including substance use disorders. All of us, at some point in our lives, need to tap into resiliency to overcome one obstacle or another.

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Healthcare workers: You have the power to manage COVID-19

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The anxiety and fear resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic can be profound, and nowhere is that more evident than with frontline healthcare workers.

Working long hours in substandard conditions with patients who are often very ill and highly contagious, they fear for their personal health and that of their families.

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Supporting employees at work and beyond

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The new year brings excellent news for Beacon Health Options (Beacon).

Mental Health America (MHA) has awarded Beacon its platinum certification for The Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health, MHA’s new national employer certification program.

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Beacon Health Options offers questions to ask and answer during Mental Health Awareness Month

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In any given year, an astonishing 1 in 5 Americans will face mental illness. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., with more than 40 million lives affected. Additionally, about 16 million have major depression. But despite the prevalence of mental health conditions, only about a third of Americans seek treatment. Just as other illnesses – such as high blood pressure or diabetes – are treatable and manageable, so too are mental health issues. That’s why May has been designated as Mental Health Awareness Month, an observance developed to raise awareness of mental health issues and the stigma attached to them. At Beacon Health Options, our entire focus is on mental and behavioral health, because that’s…

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