Posted May 15, 2020 by Charles A. Zonfa, MD, FACOG | Chief Medical Officer and Vice President, Network Development and Contracting
The nonstop news coverage and daily statistics on COVID-19 infections and deaths can leave anyone feeling stressed and anxiety filled, if not depressed. It’s only natural to worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones, especially when it comes to a new disease where not much is known.
Fear and anxiety about the recent COVID-19 pandemic can be overwhelming, isolating and cause strong emotions. You may notice:
If some or all of these situations describe you, it’s time to seek help. The key is how you respond to your anxiety. Coping with stress in a positive manner will make you and the people you care about stronger.
Taking breaks from reading and watching the news coverage can help, as well as eating well-balanced meals and exercising regularly. But, if you notice the stress is getting in the way of your daily activities, SummaCare is here to help.
Your well-being is our top priority, especially in this unprecedented time of crisis. We offer several health and wellness programs that can help you maintain your strong mental health during — and even after — this pandemic. Learn more and then talk to your doctor about what’s right for you.
Telehealth services are a great option to still get the care you need, while staying safe in the comfort of your own home and avoiding exposure and potential spread of the virus.
Through Teladoc®, members who may be feeling stressed, anxious or down can speak with a therapist or psychiatrist by web, phone or mobile app 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It’s quality care right when you need it most.
Behavioral health visits through Teladoc are covered for most members. You can visit www.teladoc.com or call 800.835.2362 (TTY: 855.636.1578) to set up your Teladoc account. The Teladoc provider will give you further instruction.
DepressionCare is a depression prevention and management program that provides tools, health coaching and resources to help you manage your depression and live a healthier life. Participation and support activities in this voluntary program are tailored to your needs.
Here are just a few of the support items our DepressionCare program offers.
• Educational information with advice on managing depression
• Around-the-clock access to a SummaCare nurse to answer questions about depression or provide health coaching support and materials
• Help finding a doctor, obtaining community services and care in the SummaCare network
• Advice and reminders regarding preventive and self-care for your overall health
• Access to the SummaCare WebMD portal featuring an online library of depression health information, symptom tracking tools and educational videos about managing depression
For more information on DepressionCare, contact SummaCare at 877.888.1164 or visit summacare.com.
SummaCare’s WebMD Health Solutions
Our WebMD Health Solutions portal provides you with a suite of tools to help you manage your stress and anxiety, including assessment and management tools, health coaching and emotional health trackers.
In addition, WebMD Health Solutions offers an online library of information and educational videos about managing your emotional health.
Best of all, it’s all backed by WebMD, the most trusted online source of health information. It’s completely private and secure to keep all of your information protected.
Most members are eligible to enroll and it’s completely free. To create an account, visit www.webmdhealth.com/summacare.
For the latest COVID-19 information and additional details on SummaCare coverage, please visit www.summacare.com/coronavirus.