{Guest blog} Balancing work and life

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. Despite the ongoing quest for work-life balance, many of us struggle to understand what this concept actually means. The truth is, we could all use a little help defining what balance looks and feels like in our lives. … Continue reading {Guest blog} Balancing work and life

Finding the right mental health care provider, at your fingertips

Mental health is an important part of your overall health and well-being. It affects how you think, feel and act. It also determines how you handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) recognizes the importance of supporting mental health efforts and has teamed up with MiResource to offer a personalized approach to those seeking mental … Continue reading Finding the right mental health care provider, at your fingertips

Adopt a plant, calm your mind

From arugula to spinach, leafy greens in your diet boost your health. But there’s another way to add more plant power to your life: bring them off the plate and into the flowerpot. Research shows adopting a houseplant has a myriad of mental health benefits. These include: Pruning off stress, slowing a racing heart and easing tension. Paring down the harms of our tech-heavy lives, … Continue reading Adopt a plant, calm your mind

{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 … Continue reading {Guest blog} Join us to #StopSuicide

{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