Community, connection and Mental Health Month in May

By Regence
May 29, 2020
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Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated existing feelings of stress and anxiety.

Below are some ways our communities have come together to support one another and raise awareness of May being Mental Health Month, emphasizing the importance of mental health and addressing the stigma associated with it.

Trillium Family Services celebrates local mental health heroes

A leading provider of mental and behavioral health services, Trillium Family Services recently hosted a virtual Heroes Gala. The event, which Regence was proud to sponsor, celebrated the efforts of local heroes as well as raised awareness and funds to support mental health in our communities.

“The need for Trillium’s support and services is more important than ever,” said Regence Executive Medical Director Dr. Jim Polo, who spoke at the virtual event. “Trillium believes that to appropriately support children and families within the community, it’s important to treat the whole person. At Regence, we take this same approach.”           

To wrap up Mental Health Month, Regence also hosted a Q&A with Trillium Family Services on Twitter. Check out their answers to common questions about mental health care in the age of COVID-19. 

Mental Health Week on Q13 Fox offers tips for keeping mental health top of mind

In honor of Mental Health Month, Regence partnered with Seattle TV station Q13 Fox to share tips and resources on mental health-related topics over the course of a week.

Visit to view resources for managing mental health virtually and tips on finding a mental health provider from Dr. Polo.

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We’re here to support our members through their mental health journeys.

During this challenging and uncertain time, we’re providing solutions and support to help our members prioritize their physical and mental health.

Our website now offers an interactive COVID-19 symptom checker to help people assess their health and determine the best course of action. And we’ve created a self-care resource page to provide our members with mental health and well-being tips from medical and behavioral health experts, as well as go-to resources for immediate support.

Through our wellness platform, Regence Empower, members can also access self-guided programs on managing stress, building resilience and boosting nutrition, among other topics. Many members have complementary access to myStrength, a behavioral health app that offers COVID-19 and mental wellness resources, including tips for parenting during challenging times, ideas to manage feelings of social isolation.

Given ongoing physical distancing to help combat the spread of COVID-19, health care providers are offering additional virtual and telehealth care options, including Doctor on Demand. Members can learn more by signing in to their account or by calling Customer Service at the number on the back of their member ID card.