The new year is just around the corner and many times fitness or physical health is at the top of everyone’s resolution list. But what about mental health?
Lorri Perez, our children’s and family strengthening program director, joined the News On 6 team on Friday morning to talk about some mental health goals you can incorporate in the new year.
- Pay attention to how you feel, physically and mentally. Practicing self-care isn’t just about bubble baths and massages, it’s also going to a medical professional or mental health professional when we notice symptoms such as changes in appetite, changes in mood, stomachaches, and headaches. Our bodies let us know when something is wrong and we need to pay attention.
- Finding a therapist can seem daunting, you can start with your insurance carrier to get a list of providers or talk with your HR department to see if your company has an Employee Assistance Provider (EAP). You can also call the F&CS Call Center at 918-587-9471 and be asked a few questions. Then and one of our appointment coordinators will find a great fit for you. F&CS helps people with Medicaid, some private insurance, and no insurance.
- Check in on others. This is a big one! We never know what someone is going through and so if you notice changes in a friend, co-worker, or family member talk to them. If they need more help you, or them, can call COPES for crisis or emotional support 918-744-4800. You/them can also call/text 988 or you can encourage them to call F&CS to seek services.