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​Mental Health and Stress Management

The ever increasing demands of work, family, friends and other commitments have become commonplace for all of us. But too much stress may be affecting your health, physically and mentally. Stress that's left unchecked can contribute to health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Other affects can include headaches, insomnia, depression, irritability and more. Learn about the tools are resources available to health plan members and state employees.

 

Anthem myStrength

Are you looking for ways to deal with stress or anxiety?

Seeking help and focusing on your mental well-being is important. Get access to myStrength’s personalized web and mobile tools that can help strengthen your mind, body and spirit. myStrength provides personalized resources to improve your mood.

       Sign in to Anthem to access myStrength located under the health and wellness tab

 

Go365 Calculators

KEHP members can earn points for each Go365 calculator completed (up to four calculators a year).

Sign in to Go365 to find a calculator right for you.

Example: What is your stress level?

The Go365 stress level calculator asks a series of questions and shows a rough estimate of your current stress level and the likelihood that you will have health problems due to stress in the next 12 to 18 months.

 

Go365 Conversations

KEHP members can earn points for completing conversations that are recommended for a particular goal in Go365.

Example: Conversation on Positive Thinking

The Go365 conversation on positive thinking helps you reframe your thoughts more positively and accurately. This interactive, online conversation is tailored to you, addressing topics such as:

              • How to refute and replace discouraging thoughts
              • A description and practice of the cognitive behavioral therapy "watch, check, correct" approach
              • An opportunity to assess your level of discouragement, including when to get help for depression

Sign in to Go365, check out your goals to find a conversation right for you!

 

Go365 Courses

KEHP members can earn points for completing courses that are recommended for a particular goal in Go365.

Example: Living Easy: Stress & Resiliency

The Living Easy course is an online self-management tool associated with better ways to help you manage stress. This course is tailored to you and your personal goals. With custom emails, personalized feedback and your own calendar, the program will guide, reinforce and encourage you to succeed.

Stress is a normal part of life. It can be good in small quantities – stress can help motivate you and increase productivity. However, over time, too much stress can harm your mind and body. Persistent and unrelenting stress often leads to anxiety, depression, and unhealthy behaviors such as overeating and drug or alcohol abuse.

Living Easy helps you build a strong foundation of resilience so you can bounce back from situations you cannot control and have courage and confidence in the ones you can. Living Easy helps you fulfill relationships, feel calm instead of fear and create clarity rather than feeling overwhelmed.

Sign in to Go365, check out your goals and find a course right for you!

State Employee Resources

Kentucky Employee Assistance Program KEAP

The Kentucky Employee Assistance Program (KEAP) is dedicated to helping state employees find solutions to the personal problems that may hinder their effectiveness at work, including stress. This benefit is only available for state employees who are covered under the KRS 18A. For more information on accessing free KEAP services, click here.

Self-Development Training

State employees and managers may attend a variety of self-development trainings, which may help to reduce stress and improve mental health, through the Personnel Cabinet's Governmental Services Center. Training topics include: time management, coping with difficult behaviors, managing work relationships and many more. To search of training opportunities, visit the state employee training portal.

External Resources

Health plan members, waivers and state employees can better understand the first steps in managing stress by recognizing common symptoms. Learn more by visiting the links below.

Understanding stress: symptoms, signs, causes, and effects 

Stress symptoms: effects on your body, feelings and behavior

Fight stress with healthy habits

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