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Time to change the conversation around mental health

Jun 08 2015

No one is immune to emotional distress and it shouldn’t be ignored, according to Louise Murphy, president of Aetna Behavioral Health. “Our colleagues in the workplace, those we serve, those who serve us, our neighbors, our friends and our loved ones are all impacted by mental health conditions. Just like physical health, mental health conditions can fall anywhere on a spectrum from mild to severe.”

But, despite the prevalence of emotional conditions “mental health continues to be viewed differently than physical health,” Murphy says.

“More often than not, we don’t discuss emotional well-being freely – as we do physical well-being,” she says. “Consequently, and sadly, those who are suffering emotionally often don’t get the help they need quickly enough or at all.”

Aetna is a Founding Member of the Campaign to Change Direction. The campaign, which started in March 2015, encourages people to pay attention to the basic signs of a mental health issue. Organizers backed the campaign to shift how we think about and address mental well-being.

Murphy says the campaign “urges all Americans to know five key signs that may mean someone is in emotional pain or suffering and might need our help. It is not unlike knowing the signs of a heart attack or a stroke ….and equally valuable.”

Watch the video to learn more and see Murphy’s three-step approach on what we can all do to help someone in need.

 Visit the campaign’s website for more information and find out how you can pledge to recognize the signs of emotional distress.

Check out these three animation videos from the Campaign to Change Direction detailing several of the signs of suffering.