Programs and care options that support your mental health and wellbeing.
Support when you need it most
Mental health, also known as behavioral health, is an important part of our overall health. It includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. In the U.S., one in five adults experience mental illness each year. But you are not alone. If you, or someone in your family, has mental health needs, we’re here to help.
What to do if you think you need help
If you need help coping with the challenges in your life right now, it can be helpful to talk about how you’re feeling with others. You can find a mental health professional using our online directory here. Use search terms like counseling. You can also narrow the list of providers by type of mental health professional (i.e., Specialty), whether or not they accept new patients and other criteria.
Keep in mind that it might take time for you to find the right mental health professional for your needs, lifestyle and situation. We recommend getting referrals from your friends and your doctor.
It can be helpful to talk about how you’re feeling with a mental health professional.
There are several types of mental health professionals, including:
- Psychiatric nurse practitioners
- Counselors, clinicians & therapists
- Clinical social workers
- Certified alcohol & drug abuse counselors
These professionals provide care in different settings like:
- Teletherapy & telepsychiatry
- Private practices
- Community or county mental health centers
- Substance abuse treatment centers
While it might take time to find the right mental health professional, there are other things you can do to help yourself:
- Build a support system
- Find a peer group
- Participate in your treatment decisions
- Develop a recovery plan
- Practice relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga
- Exercise regularly to help your mind and body
- Use myStrength to help with everyday stressors
If you or someone you know needs help right now, please call:
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
- Call, text or chat 988 from anywhere in the U.S. 24/7
- Or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Text Line
- Text HELLO to 741741
The Service Benefit Plan covers professional services by licensed professional mental health and substance use disorder providers. We also have online resources that can support your day-to-day mental health right here on our site.
What is mental health?
Mental health affects how you think, feel and act. It may impact how you handle stress, relationships and make healthy choices. A few of the most common mental health conditions include:
Think you might need help? The first step is determining how much these common warning signs and symptoms interfere with your daily life. If any of these last longer than two weeks, you should consider reaching out for help.
- Feeling excessively sad, withdrawn or anxious
- Severe mood swings
- Intense worries or fears
- Sudden overwhelming fear
- Significant weight loss or weight gain
- Out-of-control risk taking behavior
- Repeated use of drugs or alcohol
- Sudden changes in behavior, personality or sleeping habits
- Difficulty concentrating or staying still
- Abrupt changes in sex drive