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May is Mental Health Month: Talk to Your Patients About Depression

Posted May 1, 2019

According to a recent study, more than 9 million commercially insured Americans have been diagnosed with depression – a number that has climbed 33%1 since 2013. In fact, 89% of Americans adults say that depression is a very serious or somewhat serious condition. However, 2 million of those diagnosed in 2016 did not seek treatment.1 As a growing number of pharmaceutical and behavioral therapeutic options become available, it’s critical to connect people with the individualized treatment that works for them.

May is Mental Health Month, which is a great time to encourage your Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois patients to call us at the number on their ID card to learn about the behavioral health benefits available to them. Depending upon their benefits, members may have coverage for office visits, therapy, medication or even virtual visits with behavioral health professionals.

1 Major Depression: The Impact on Overall Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), The Health of America Report®, May 10, 2018, https://www.bcbs.com/the-health-of-america/reports/major-depression-the-impact-overall-health BCBS, The Health of America

Report Health IndexSM is a unique health metric that provides a better understanding about which diseases and conditions most impact Americans’ overall quality of life. The BCBS Health Index identifies more than 200 health conditions and quantifies how each condition affects Americans’ health, life expectancy and well-being. Powered by data from more than 41 million BCBS commercially insured members per year from birth to age 64, this extensive resource brings an unmatched contribution to other available health data to support national and local discussions about how to improve health care in the United States.

The above material is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician. Physicians and other health care providers are encouraged to use their own best medical judgment based upon all available information and the condition of the patient in determining the best course of treatment.