On Oct. 10, we marked World Mental Health Day. Created by the World Health Organization in 1992, the day is meant to highlight needed resources and call for greater investments in individual and collective mental health care.

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Indeed, mental health needs are growing in Minnesota, especially as we endure the impacts of COVID-19. We are seeing greater isolation, substance abuse and unemployment. Parents and students are adjusting to the new realities of school. Communities of color are facing added traumas of injustice. Health workers are stressed by the demands of COVID-19. And many people have had to say goodbye to a loved one due to the virus.

A recent survey by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (BCBSM) also found that one in five Minnesota seniors report feeling lonely, anxious or depressed, and a majority of seniors fear a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

As we honor this important day, I want to share elements of the mental health work being done by Minnesota’s nonprofit health plans and some of the free online resources that are available for those who need it. Our local health plan members care deeply about the health, safety and wellness of Minnesotans and have launched vital mental health initiatives over the years to support this mission. In recent months, they’ve ramped up efforts even more to meet Minnesotans’ mental health needs.

We’re proud of these efforts. But we also know that when it comes to mental health and illness, the work is never done, and no blog can truly capture the full scope of what our local health plan members do to support the health, safety and wellness of Minnesotans. That said, I strongly encourage readers to contact their health plan to discuss additional resources that available to them. Our member plans will continue to focus their efforts and expertise on mental health, and we look forward to sharing even more resources for Minnesotans in the months and years to come.

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