May is Mental Health Awareness Month

posted by Amber Brady on May 10, 2024 Mental Health Awareness Month image

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and is a great opportunity to acknowledge and support the 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. (nearly 60 million people) who are affected by mental illness. Anyone can be affected by mental illness regardless of age, ethnicity, background, etc. and it can be difficult to discuss struggles with these conditions. Below are some tips from Mental Health America for starting a conversation and listening to others who may need to discuss their mental health. There are also resources listed below if you or someone you know is seeking support for their mental health.

Tips for talking about your mental health

Start a conversation about mental health when there is an open window of time to have an in-depth discussion, and neither you or the person you’re talking to will have to cut the conversation short to take care of other obligations. Plan to set aside at least 30 minutes to an hour.

Start with a text if a face-to-face talk is too intimidating. It could be a plain old text message with a note that says, “I have some important things on my mind and need to make time to talk to you about them.”

Find and share info. Find important information online that might help you explain what you’re going through. Print it and bring it with you when you’re ready to talk.

Take a screening test at mhascreening.org. Print out your results to share with the person you plan to talk to.

What if someone talks to you about their mental health?


Mental Health Resources

Be Well Indiana
Managing mental health is essential for the well-being of Hoosiers across our state, and Be Well Indiana is here to help. The resources at in.gov/BeWellIndiana have been compiled by the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction designed to help Hoosiers stay connected and maintain their well-being. The information has been validated by local and national experts that you can trust.

Optum EAP
The Optum Employee Assistance Program (EAP) program is a free service for all full-time state employees and those in their households and can be a critical tool to improve overall well-being. Calling the 24/7 hotline at (800) 886-9747 will immediately put you in touch with an experienced clinician that will help you get connected to counseling resources. Your call is completely confidential.

Through Optum EAP you have access to up to eight FREE sessions with a licensed provider for full-time State of Indiana employees and their households. Call Optum at (800) 866- 9747 to find a provider and get your authorization code to use with any in-network Optum EAP provider. You can also go online to liveandworkwell.com (access code: Indiana).

Through liveandworkwell.com (to browse the site, enter access code: Indiana) you can also access:

  1. Mental health resources such as in-person therapy, virtual therapy, Virtual Behavioral Coaching and more.
  2. Substance use support.
  3. Family and parenting resources and support such as online coaching for families, Solutions for Caregivers and more.
  4. Financial and legal counseling and support such as free and discounted legal consultations, mediation services, financial wellness benefits, identity theft assistance and more.
  5. As part of EAP, you also have access to these apps
    • AbleTo, an on-demand app for reducing worry, stress and improving mood.
    • Talkspace, 24-hour phone and text resource for extra support from a licensed, in-network EAP provider.

If you need longer-term mental health treatment, support or medication, members of the State Employee Health Plan have access to mental health coverage through their plan.

If you are struggling with your mental health, please know that you are not alone, and that help is available. Please reach out to Optum EAP at (800) 886- 9747 (24/7 support) or call the INSPD Benefits Hotline at: 317-232-1167 or 1-877-248-0007 (toll-free) for more information about the resources that are available to you.