Mental Health Matters

We all feel down once in a while. But when depressions starts to affect your life and health, it’s time to ask for help.

10 signs that you or someone you love may be struggling with depression

  1. Spending more time alone.
  2. Changes in appetite or weight (increase or decrease).
  3. New or increased confusion or disorientation.
  4. Unexplained physical symptoms, such as digestive issues, muscle tension or pain, sweating and shaking.
  5. Changes in mood or energy level that last more than two weeks.
  6. Changes in personal hygiene or home maintenance.
  7. Loss of interest in favorite activities.
  8. Trouble concentrating or making decisions.
  9. Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much.
  10. Increased worry, obsessive thinking or compulsive behavior.

Medicare Part B may help pay for some outpatient mental health services, such as one depression screening per year, individual or group counseling, family counseling, some prescription medications, diagnostic tests and partial hospitalization. Talk with your doctor or visit to check your coverage.

Mental health affects physical health.

If you have a chronic condition such as COPD, diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure, depression can make it harder for you to follow your care plan. Your Primary Care Team or another trusted health professional can help!

Dial 911 for life-threatening concerns or go directly to the Emergency Department.
Dial 988 for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.

To find a local Mental Health Association (MHA) near you for counseling services, wellness groups, mental health apps and podcasts visit and click “Find your local MHA”.