Spotlight

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Maintaining Connections While Social Distancing

Connecting with other people is a part of our biological programming. We seek out human interaction when we are stressed or challenged. Our instinct is to gather in groups to shield us from mental and physical harm. Now, we are faced with the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing is recommended for the health … Read More

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Preserving Kids’ Mental Health During COVID-19

The attention of the world is focused on measures to lessen the transmission and economic effect of the COVID-19 outbreak. Due to this rapidly changing situation, media and social conversations are dominated by the pandemic. Children are exposed to so much information and high levels of stress and anxiety in adults. At the same time, … Read More

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COVID-19 Blues or Something More?

Coronavirus restrictions continue and we have yet to return to our previous normal, despite attempts. It’s easy to feel lonely when so many people are staying close to home, avoiding gatherings and many businesses are shuttered. For people who experience anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions, the strain of isolation is particularly heavy. A … Read More

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What’s New? BHS Covering Telepsych/Telehealth

During the current national health emergency, BHS has implemented the coverage of outpatient telepsych or telehealth. The benefit, which includes coverage through your free, confidential EAP visits, applies only to mental health conditions with an in-network BHS provider. BHS members who are new to BHS, or not already an established patient, are encouraged to contact … Read More

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Overcoming Anxiety About Face Coverings

With the COVID-19 pandemic, wearing face coverings in public has become the new normal. However, you may be among the individuals who feel anxious, sad or irritated at having to wear a face covering or seeing others in public with face coverings. You are uncomfortable, yet cannot pinpoint why you are feeling these emotions. There … Read More

Coping with Grief During COVID-19

Coping with Grief During COVID-19

As the country continues to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19), nearly everyone is grieving someone or something. With social distancing protocols, the inability to gather and mourn has left bereaved loved ones confused on how to move forward. At this time, some of the most basic rituals to honor the deceased and aid in the … Read More

COVID-19: Refocusing At Work

COVID-19: Refocusing At Work

In many places, local orders to quarantine or stay-at-home are being lifted. Companies are making plans to resume normal operations. This will likely be a process that varies greatly depending on where you live and the type of job you have. You may be excited, or even a little apprehensive about returning to your workplace. … Read More

COVID-19: Managing Anxiety When Returning to Work

COVID-19: Managing Anxiety When Returning to Work

COVID-19 has challenged many people’s security and sense of control. Returning to work represents a return to normal, but it may not be without its own causes for anxiety. Finding a balance between your personal well being, work environment and responsibilities is important. So, before and after your return to work, you should address any … Read More

COVID and Domestic Violence

COVID and Domestic Violence

  Domestic or intimate partner violence happens globally in the best of times. The World Health Organization has warned that COVID-19 creates a situation—due to stress, the disruption of social and protective networks, and decreased access to services—that increases the risk of violence in the home. Are you worried about your neighbor, yourself, or your … Read More

Managing Mental Health During Civil Unrest

Managing Mental Health During Civil Unrest

The unrest playing out in cities across America has affected the mental well-being of everyone in the country. At a time when Americans are already suffering under the emotional toll of COVID-19, these pressures threaten to undermine the sense of stability of so many Americans. BHS believes that all forms of racism and racial discrimination … Read More

Just Take a Breath: Breathing Exercise

Just Take a Breath: Breathing Exercise

During moments of stress, like the current COVID-19 pandemic, your thoughts may be drawn toward past regrets and worries about the future. Thankfully, you possess a readily accessible tool that can be used to manage stress—your breath. Breath practices are a great way to become more in touch with your mind, body and spirit. During … Read More

Returning to Work During COVID-19

Returning to Work During COVID-19

In response to the current coronavirus crisis, most state and local governments required the closures of non-essential businesses and schools, and prohibited large gatherings to encourage social distancing. Most states also declared  mandatory stay-at-home orders for all but non-essential workers. These measures were taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus; however, this action may have … Read More