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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. While mental health is important all year, special attention is focused on this topic in May to raise awareness and inform you about your mental health resources and benefits.

Statistics from the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) show that:

  • 1 in 5 adults will experience mental illness
  • 1 in 20 adults will experience serious mental illness 
  • 17% of children between the ages of 6-17 experience a mental health disorder

After more than a year of social distancing and anxiety around COVID-19, not surprisingly, more people are experiencing mental health conditions. Even if you are not personally struggling with mental health conditions, someone you know most certainly is. Learning about mental health for you, your colleagues, friends and family can help. 

There are opportunities this month to learn about your mental health benefits, how to “Fight Back against the Loneliness Epidemic,” how to “Build your Mental Health Toolkit,” and how “Mindset is the Key to Unlocking Human Performance.”

Also through the month of May, HealthSelect and Consumer Directed HealthSelect participants have $0 copay for telemedicine visits with an in-network mental health provider and for mental health virtual visits through MD Live or Dr. on Demand. Referrals are not required for mental health visits. Several webinars this month will help you understand these and all your mental health benefits through the ERS health plans.

You can register for any of the scheduled webinars by clicking on the ERS Wellness Events Calendar

Please send all questions to Angela Cagle at or to the ERS Wellness Coordinator at