May-21-2014

Does your health insurance cover mental health treatment? The answer may surprise you!

Does your health insurance cover mental health treatment? The answer may surprise you!

Four years ago, in 2010, I wrote this about insurance coverage for mental health care:

“Mental health parity is real. It is happening. But depending on the kind of insurance plan you have and the kind of treatment you want, you may have to jump some hurdles to get the benefits you deserve.”

At that time, the mental health parity law had only just taken affect, and since everything was so new, and there were still so many fine points to work out, not everyone was feeling the benefits of the law.

Not enough people know about mental health parity

Since then, the Affordable Care Act kicked in, meaning more Americans were covered by insurance plans that included mental health benefits with coverage that is comparable to physical health benefits.

But yet, a recent survey released by the American Psychological Association revealed that most Americans aren’t any more  aware of the term “mental health parity” than they were in 2010 (only 7 percent!). …[Read More]

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May-14-2014

Mental Health Blog Day Highlights – Getting Support

Mental Health Blog Day Highlights – Getting Support

This edition of the Mental Health Blog Day highlights focuses on blog posts that are written by authors who wrote about support. They may have received support for their mental illness, given support to a loved one or offered suggestions on supporting others.

Tell is in the comments: How has the support of your friends and family made a difference in your journey? What kind of support do you wish you had? Have you ever offered support to a friend or family member?

Stacy’s Flutterings – The Prayer Shawl: A Glimpse into the World of Support From Others

When everything in our world seemed to crumble, in regard to our daughter’s mental health, it was my son who introduced me to the idea of support from others.  I didn’t realize it at the time.  I was so consumed by my own grief, sadness, sense of loss and the care of my loved one that …[Read More]

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May-14-2014

Mental Health Month Blog Day – Links Round Up 2014

Mental Health Month Blog Day – Links Round Up 2014

Welcome to everyone who is taking part in our mental health month blog day, our 5th annual event to help recognize May as Mental Health Month. We’ll update this page and blog throughout the day, recognizing you and other writers and contributors who are blogging and sharing for mental health awareness.

Thanks for joining us! Thank you to everyone who is recognizing May as Mental Health Month. We’re excited to get out the word that mental health matters to everyone.

For consideration on this list, your blog must have our
badge or link back to a post on this blog (Your Mind, Your Body). Posts should have been published today, or at least written in the past week.
Help us find your contribution! Tag any public posts on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and other sites with #mhblogday.
Share, retweet and comment on blogs you’ve discovered today or that have moved you.

The most recent contributions to blog day. Thank …[Read More]

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May-12-2014

Announcing Mental Health Month Blog Day 2014 #mhblogday

Announcing Mental Health Month Blog Day 2014 #mhblogday

 

 

The fifth annual Mental Health Month Blog Day begins Wednesday morning, and we can’t wait to read and share the many, many posts that bloggers everywhere will create, talking about why mental health matters and stigma hurts.

We’ll begin publishing a round-up of submitted links at about 10a.m. EDT.

Our round-up blog post linking to participating blogs and their mental health blog day-dedicated posts will be updated about every two hours throughout the day until about 5 p.m. EDT. Wednesday. We’ll then take a break from blogging (because sleep is important to good mental health) and add the posts submitted overnight on Thursday morning. We’ll do our best to capture all the posts and submissions throughout the day, but let us know if you think we may have overlooked your post.

Participating is easy.

Publish a blog post that incorporates mental health’s importance. Tell people why it’s important to you and why it should be important to …[Read More]

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