{Guest blog} Join us to #StopSuicide

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas partners with New Directions to make sure our members and employees have access to the behavioral health resources they need.

You could save a life.

It’s no secret that this past year has been hard on everyone. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there has been an increase in depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions – all risk factors that increase the possibility of suicide. There’s never been a more critical time to know what to do and where to go when you or someone you love needs help.

Join us this September for National Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month as we work to reduce the stigma around mental health and help people access the support they need. You can spread awareness by downloading and sharing New Direction’s free Suicide Awareness Toolkit. It includes videos, posters and articles about the warning signs, how to access support and how to help someone who may be struggling.

With all the uncertainty, some days can feel really heavy. But you are never alone. Talk to your doctor or call the behavioral health number on the back of your health insurance card to get connected to caring mental health professional who can help you work toward lighter days.

If you or anyone else is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Visit ndbh.com/Suicide to learn more and #StopSuicide.

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