Winter can bring on depression for many people, especially in Oregon with our frequent rainstorms and limited daylight. The holidays can also contribute, despite all the fun and festivities, particularly if people are separated from their loved ones or feeling strained by social or financial pressures.
If you’re susceptible to wintertime blues, it’s important to know you’re not alone and you don’t have to just "live with it". Many resources are available to help improve your state of mind and your quality of life.
Here are a few ideas you might consider:
If your educational entity elected OEBB’s employee assistance program for the 2010-11 plan year (if you’re not sure, click here
), you have access to free counseling services as well as online tools and information to help you get through the tough times. The EAP also offers financial services, legal services and referrals to reputable childcare services and convenience resources to alleviate some of the stress in your life. Click here
for a brochure detailing all the great assistance the EAP can provide.
To access EAP services through your OEBB benefit, call Reliant Behavioral Health (RBH) at 1-866-750-1327 or go to www.myrbh.com
online (access code: OEBB).
All OEBB medical plans include mental health benefits. The amount you would pay for services will vary depending on your plan and individual factors like whether or not you’ve met your deductible. Plan summaries and detailed handbooks are available online:
You can also call your medical carrier before obtaining services if you need help figuring out how much of the costs will be paid:
Kaiser Permanente 1-866-223-2375
If your medical provider recommends anti-depressant medication, be sure to discuss your options. Name brand drugs may be the first to be suggested, but in many cases there are generic options like fluoxetine (generic Prozac), paroxetine (generic Paxil), sertraline (generic Zoloft) or citalopram (generic Celexa) which could save you money.
If you or someone you know is in need of help, but aren’t enrolled in an OEBB medical plan, the State of Oregon offers a number of helpful resources. Visit their "Getting Help" web page at www.oregon.gov/DHS/addiction/gethelp.shtml
to see what’s available and for contact information.