May is Mental Health Awareness Month

From ALLtech medical provider Regence

Mental health is as important as our physical health. In fact, people with depression have a 40% higher risk of developing more chronic physical conditions like cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. With 1 in 5 people in the United States experiencing a mental illness in a given year, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Regence recognizes it’s an essential part of health care.

Regence is proud to recognize Mental Health Awareness Month in May and the importance of bringing light to mental health, breaking down stigma and improving the well-being of our communities.

This year we are focused on improving access to behavioral health for our members to find the right care when they need it. To help our members find the right care, we continue to train our customer service professionals in Mental Health First Aid, a globally recognized certification, to better support our members and help them understand and access their mental health benefits.

Whether you need occasional emotional support or ongoing mental health care, Regence has a variety of programs to prevent, identify and treat mental health and substance use disorders. Regence members who want to understand what is available under their health plan can sign in to their account on, or call us for help finding the right behavioral health resources.

Join Regence in bringing light to mental health

During Mental Health Awareness Month and year-round, remember that it’s OK to ask for help. Throughout the month, our experts will share tips for connecting to mental health resources, addressing the stigma associated with seeking care and much more.

Watch our blog and social channels to learn how you can improve your well-being and connect to resources and support.

In the video above, Regence Executive Medical Director Dr. Jim Polo speaks to the importance of raising awareness during Mental Health Awareness Month and asking for help when you needed it.