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Mental Health Month

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This year's Mental Health Month theme from Mental Health America (MHA) is "Fitness 4Mind4Body." An essential part of overall wellness for Medicare beneficiaries is mental health, so HSAG invites you to celebrate Mental Health Month by using and sharing the tools and resources featured below to help your practice or health center comprehensively screen for depression, while overcoming issues relating to workflow, patient messaging, and billing challenges. We have also included materials from MHA to share with patients that highlight the theme of Fitness 4Mind4Body, providing health advice for mental and physical wellness. For more information about Mental Health Month, visit the MHA website.

Screening Tools and Intervention Resources

  • Tap into our behavioral health screening tools from our resources page.
  • Find behavioral health treatment expertise in your area by using the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) online locator or use the Psychology Today therapist locator.

Billing and Workflow Resources

  • Modify your workflow to efficiently perform depression screening by using this handout.

Provider-Directed Material

Use our flyer to help overcome common challenges or resistance to behavioral health screening, and help spread the word on your social media network using prepared messages about Mental Health Month.

Patient-Directed Educational Materials

Share patient-directed materials on the signs to watch for regarding depression, how to cope with stress, and ways to improve one's diet and sleep cycle.

  • Watch for the Signs of Depression—This infographic highlights depressive symptomatic indicators in a visually-accessible way for patients to understand. 
  • Patient-focused Resources on Depression—Visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) webpage on depression for treatment and support resources.
  • Stress Fact Sheet—Mental Health America (MHA) has a toolkit containing a flyer describing the effects of stress and offers tips for coping in layman's terms, in addition to a worksheet to assess an individual's stress. Fill out their online form to gain access to the whole toolkit.
  • Gut-Brain Connection Fact Sheet—MHA has a toolkit containing a fact sheet describing how emotions can affect the stomach and suggests tips for taking care of the gut. MHA also provides a worksheet on how to guide changes to one's diet. Fill out their online form to gain access to the whole toolkit.
  • Sleep Fact Sheet—MHA has a toolkit containing a flyer describing how sleep affects mental health, how much sleep a person needs by age, and suggests tips for a good night's sleep. MHA also provides a worksheet on how to make changes to one's sleep routine. Fill out MHA's online form to gain access to the whole toolkit.

Contact Us

For more help with your quality improvement efforts regarding behavioral health screening, contact your HSAG representative:

Arizona, California, and Ohio

Brittani Alley, BSW
HSAG Behavioral Health Informatics Manager
602.801.6569 | balley@hsag.com

Florida

Diane Chronis, BS, RN, CMUP
HSAG Director, Physician Office Quality
813.865.3170 | dchronis@hsag.com

U.S. Virgin Islands

Gwen Williams, BA
HSAG State Director
340.244.5440 | gwilliams@hsag.com

1. Devanand, D.P. Comorbid psychiatric disorders in late life depression. Biological Psychiatry. 2002; 52(3), 236–242.
2. Area Agency on Aging and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Older Americans Behavioral Health Issue Brief: Series Overview. Accessed on March 21, 2018. Available at https://www.ncoa.org/wp-content/uploads/Series-Overview-Issue-Brief-1.pdf.