TRY THIS: In 2016, Baptist Health launched its Care on Demand app, allowing for patients to see a physician anytime and from anywhere, including for counseling services. Anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and grief are some of the topics licensed behavioral health professionals can cover during a video chat through the app.
Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, it’s a good time to check in with yourself and those around you on how things are going.
Whether you’re more comfortable talking about mental health in-person or through a video chat, the important thing is that you’re getting the help you need. Here are some tips on how to start a conversation around mental health.
WHY YOU SHOULD TRY THE APP: Stigma around mental illness often prevents people from seeking help.
“People with diabetes, asthma or high blood pressure who need to take medication regularly, or follow certain diets to stay healthy, aren’t shamed or judged because of their illness,” Rachel Rohaidy, M.D., a psychiatrist with Care & Counseling at Baptist Health South Florida said. “Getting help for depression, anxiety or other mental health issue deserves the same understanding.”
The National Alliance on Mental Health offers nine ways to help fight the stigma, including being honest about treatment, talking openly about mental health, and choosing empowerment over shame.
“The most successful treatment focuses on acceptance, reeducation and getting the person well,” Dr. Rohaidy said. “Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there.”
HOW TO TRY IT: Download Baptist Health’s Care on Demand app in the Apple app or Google Play store on your smartphone, computer, or tablet. Use code WELLBEING for $10 off your consultation, now through July 31, 2019.