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While many Americans are still dealing with the effects of COVID-19, which caused a spike in stress, anxiety, and depression. More than 14% of Arizona adults stated they struggled with frequent mental distress prior to the pandemic.

Arizona is 39th in the nation for lives lost to suicide and 47th when it comes to access to mental healthcare.* Our members’ health and safety is a priority for us, and we want to ensure our members have access to behavioral health resources to support you and your family. Not only do we have resources available to our members, but we are also committed to making a bigger impact in the AZ community.

Making a bigger impact

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Foundation for Community & Health Advancement’s flagship focus for 2022 is mental health. Mental health is one of the Foundation’s four focus areas, including substance use disorder, chronic health conditions, and health equity. The Foundation recently closed its very first competitive grant opportunity for mental health. Grantees will be announced in early June and will share $2 million in funding to address the mental health crisis in Arizona, helping leverage their community programs to make a bigger impact with Foundation dollars.

There’s help, and hope

If you ever feel like you need help coping with your feelings – fear, anxiety, grief, or others – there are resources available. First, let your doctor know. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) can connect you with a behavioral health provider (psychiatrist, psychologist, behavioral therapist, or counselor) here.

Did you know eligible members can sign up for BlueCare Anywhere at no cost? Schedule a visit to see a licensed therapist or board-certified psychiatrist 24/7 on your phone, tablet, or computer, at home or away. Note: Visit costs may vary by service and health plan. BlueCare Anywhere virtual visits do not provide emergency care. In an identified or probable emergency, the virtual visit provider will direct the patient to seek emergency care.

More resources and crisis support

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. Visit their website to read about anxiety disorder, autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, and more.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services leading public health efforts to address the needs of individuals living with mental health and substance use disorders. Visit their website for treatment referral and information, and to locate treatment facilities and behavioral health services in your area.

In a crisis situation, immediate help is available by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or you can visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (chat feature available) to access help for yourself or someone else.


*Source: 
America’s Health Rankings 2021 Report 

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Disclaimer

This information is provided for educational purposes only. Individuals should always consult with their healthcare providers regarding medical care or treatment, as recommendations, services or resources are not a substitute for the advice or recommendation of an individual's physician or healthcare provider. Services or treatment options may not be covered under an individual's particular health plan.