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Tyson Health Flyer (DEC 2021)

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Behavioral health:

You don’t have to struggle alone

DECEMBER

Meet Our Case Manager

Alison Combs, R.N.

Behavioral health is a broad term used to

describe mental health conditions, such

as depression, anxiety and trauma, and

substance use disorders characterized by

overuse of drugs or alcohol.

According to the National Alliance for

Mental Illness (NAMI), more than 25% of all

U.S. adults experience a behavioral health

disorder. In people ages 25 to 40, the rate

is nearly one-third. Yet, 60% of those in

need do not receive care each year. More

than 65% of Arkansas children who need

behavioral healthcare don’t receive it.

If you or a

loved one are

struggling with

a mental health

or substance use

disorder, please do

the following:

And while African Americans and

Hispanic Americans report lower rates

of behavioral health conditions, it is

often underdiagnosed in these groups

because of stigma and lack of access.

Research shows dramatic increases

in rates of anxiety and depression for

adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Arkansas, depression and anxiety

rates exceed the national averages.

Talk to your primary care doctor. They can help you

find care, and in some cases, prescribe medications

to relieve your symptoms.

Call the behavioral health number on the

back of your BlueAdvantage member ID card.

Call the UAMS AR-Connect program, 800-482-9921,

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to schedule a time to

connect with local mental health professionals in Arkansas.

Alison, a BlueAdvantage

Administrators of

Arkansas case manager,

has 17 years of nursing

experience, including

neonatal intensive

care, women’s surgery,

labor and delivery and

pediatrics. She enjoys

educating members about their healthcare

benefits, so they can make good decisions

during any life situation. In her free time,

Alison likes cooking, visiting zoos, watching

movies, enjoying thrills at theme parks, and

most of all, being a mom to her three sons.

“The most rewarding part of my

career is to make parents and

children more comfortable in any

medical circumstance and offer

clarity and guidance, especially

during scary, heartbreaking or

confusing situations,”

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