Treating Physical and Behavioral Health As One
Anthem understands that to improve whole health in the communities we serve, we must create a system of health that treats physical and behavioral health as one. That’s why we’re working to make behavioral healthcare better, more accessible and more equitable for all.
Anthem health plans are making strides to help prevent suicide—particularly among young people who are at the greatest risk. Our mental health programs focusing on suicide and its prevention draw on traditional and digital tools, as well as predictive analytics gleaned from our data.
Recognizing that mental health is health, we are leveraging our digital capabilities and partnerships to provide consumers with digital health options that address their behavioral health needs.
In a State of the Nation’s Mental Health special report, we researched how people of color fared for two six-month periods before COVID-19 and during COVID-19.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, four in ten American adults reported symptoms of anxiety or depression, up from one in 10 in 2019. However, an analysis of 2020 member data shows that there was little change in the rate of behavioral health diagnoses. What accounts for this discrepancy?
Over the past year, we have come to understand many of the physical health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the mental and behavioral health implications are less clear, it is evident that the pandemic has taken—and will continue to take—a toll on individuals’ health and well-being.
Online screening for mental health concerns during this time has become especially important due to a decrease of in-person visits and inadequate access to care for individuals who are underinsured or uninsured.
At Anthem, we understand that caring for a behavioral health condition goes beyond treating both the mind and body. It also means identifying the ways the environment may affect a member’s condition and connecting them to community resources that can sustain their well-being over time.
At Anthem, our mission is to improve the lives and communities we’re privileged to serve; and we can only do that if our associates are healthy, safe and engaged.