Big Reason Why

Big Reason Why

Because your mental health matters, join Psych Hub and Optum throughout Mental Health Month as we focus on the many reasons why it’s so important to take care of your mental health. Read stories about finding an individual path to better mental and emotional well-being, learn more about common mental health myths and misconceptions, and find links to available support resources.

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Stories

It all starts with a story. The journey to mental health recovery is a road best traveled with support from family, friends and community. Below are the stories of six people who know first-hand the feelings of loneliness and isolation that often accompany navigating mental health challenges. Learn more about their path to finding the right combination of support and resources to live healthier and happier lives – even during stressful and anxious times.
Jonathan's Journey

Age 36


Excitement about a new job and cross-country move comes with unexpected mental health challenges.
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Sharon's Journey

Age 44


As the person everyone else leaned on, Sharon wasn’t sure how to ask for help when she began feeling overwhelmed.
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Caitlin's Journey

Age 32


Navigating infertility treatment and a miscarriage during the pandemic left Caitlin feeling anxious and alone.
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Lourdes' Journey

Age 40


Breaking her family’s cycle of untreated mental health conditions by getting the right support for herself and her daughter.
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Doug's Journey

Age 72


Retirement, losing his spouse, and an injury that limited his mobility, left Doug feeling isolated and alone during the pandemic.
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Justin's Journey

Age 28


Justin first experienced mental health issues in his teens, but never sought help until the past year’s challenges brought him close to crisis.
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Mental Wellbeing Resource Hub

The mental health impact of COVID-19 is as essential as physical impacts. We’ve compiled mental wellbeing resources to build resiliency during the pandemic and beyond.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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Optum COVID-19 Resources Page

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Mental Health America (MHA)

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National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI)

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Myths & Facts

Top 5 Myths about Mental Health Issues

Mental health issues are rare

Not true — about 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness. And 1 in 25 experience severe mental illness

It’s always obvious

Common symptoms can be subtle and may include things like trouble concentrating, feeling tired, withdrawing from friends, family or favorite activities, sleep issues, drug or alcohol use, anger or violence issues, among others.

It’s not really a problem

Mental health issues are prevalent across the globe: 1 in 5 youths has a mental disorder and 264 million people live with depression, which is the leading cause of disability globally.

It’s nowhere near me

Myth, busted: Disorders occur across groups: 20% of white adults; 16% of black adults; 15% of Asian adults; 17% of Hispanic or Latin, 27% mixed/multiracial; 37% of lesbian, gay and bisexual adults.

There’s not much you can do

Not so fast: Treatment can help and may include medications, psychotherapy (“talk therapy”) or a combination of both based on an individual’s needs. For more information, talk with a mental health professional or your regular doctor.

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