May is Mental Health Month. There is currently more talk and attention centered on Mental Health then there ever has been. The world has changed, situations have changed, people have changed, and treatments have changed!
Mental Health: Removing the Stigma & Improving the Treatment
Mental health use to be very hush hush. I’ve been told many stories by my grandparents, aunts and uncles about how they used to treat people in the past. I’ve heard stories about people living in mental health wards, electroshock therapy, and then no one ever talking about it. There was a lot of stigma and negativity around mental health.
The Medicare population is those that are 65 years old and older. They grew up with the stigmas around asking for help or admitting they needed help. This conversation actually comes up often when I meet with clients. The good news is things have changed! The stigmas are going away, treatment options are growing, and people are talking.
Help is Available in Many Ways
Everyone has a different story, a different scenario, and a different set of needs. And that is ok! Getting the help you need is essential and easier than ever. Mental health treatment can be as simple as…
- Talking to friends and family
- Joining a support group
- Going for walks
- Getting into a hobby
- Seeking professional help
There are also different avenues of professional help. One can seek counseling with counselors, a psychologist or a psychiatrist. These medical professionals will give you one-on-one guidance and can prescribe medication, if necessary.
In terms of Medicare, many Medicare Advantage plans offer mental health treatment. Insurance companies in general are making improvements to covering and offering mental health treatments.
Get the Support You Need
Never be ashamed to ask for help or talk to anyone. Everyone needs help sometimes. Talk to your friends and family. Seek out support groups in the community. Do not be afraid to talk to your doctor or take advantage of the mental health treatment options if your health insurance plan offers them. You are important, and you matter!
How Can We Help You?
We are a home-grown team of Medicare benefits specialists who are here to help answer your Medicare questions! We would be happy to help you find your ideal plan that covers the things that matter most to you. You matter to us!
Visit our Find Your Agent page to in touch with one of our agents in your community. We look forward to connecting with you!