{Guest blog} How much is too much?

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas partners with New Directions to provide behavioral health screenings, resources and support to our members and employees. Drinking alcohol can lessen tension, reduce inhibitions and ease social interactions. While you can drink safely, drinking too much can be harmful physically, emotionally and economically. During Alcohol Awareness Month, join us in raising awareness of the dangers of unhealthy alcohol … Continue reading {Guest blog} How much is too much?

We must focus on our mental health during COVID-19 pandemic – a message from our CEO

How are you doing today? It’s a question we ask each other all the time, mostly out of courtesy. We ask it so often, in fact, that the question has lost much of its meaning. We seldom ask it expecting an honest answer. That’s too bad, because these days a lot of our neighbors need us to ask that question — and mean it. The … Continue reading We must focus on our mental health during COVID-19 pandemic – a message from our CEO

{Guest blog} Young people and suicide

You’ve probably seen or heard about rising suicide rates in the news – it’s scary, right? Right now, we are seeing suicide rates among young people reach the highest levels since 2000. The good news is suicide is preventable, and there are things you can do to support others and help change those statistics. Whether you have a child at home, work with kids or … Continue reading {Guest blog} Young people and suicide

{Guest blog} Stress on relationships

This past year has had no shortage of challenges. And with so much time spent at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, you may get a little irritated with your partner or household members.  Whether you’re bickering about politics, homeschooling, holidays or dirty dishes, there are opportunities to work on your relationship skills. Keep your relationship healthy and your conversations constructive by following these tips … Continue reading {Guest blog} Stress on relationships

{Guest blog} How to help someone with suicidal thoughts

Approaching someone who is struggling can be difficult, but it’s worth the discomfort to help save a life. Ask Ask the person if they think about dying or killing themselves. Don’t hesitate to do this – asking will not put the idea in their head, nor will it make them more likely to attempt suicide. Listen Start a conversation with the person and listen without … Continue reading {Guest blog} How to help someone with suicidal thoughts

{Guest blog} Falling asleep with anxiety

At the end of the day, many people have trouble turning off their mind. In fact, it seems all the things they were too busy to think about during the day (i.e. relationships, money, work) hang over them and cause their mind to race when they should be going to sleep. When this begins to happen repeatedly, it can become a vicious cycle of anxiety … Continue reading {Guest blog} Falling asleep with anxiety

{Guest blog} Steps toward healing from post-traumatic stress disorder

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. People who have witnessed or experienced a traumatic event, such as a car accident, military action, a terrorist attack, sexual violation, serious injury, or any act of violence can suffer severe stress as a result. Some people can … Continue reading {Guest blog} Steps toward healing from post-traumatic stress disorder