Behavioral Health


Understanding Behavioral Health

Behavioral health affects how we think, feel, act, handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. It includes mental health and substance use issues. Improving or maintaining your health looks different for everyone and can include things like self-care, healthy lifestyle, or support from a healthcare professional.

What can impact behavioral health

Factors impacting behavioral health include:

Adverse childhood experiences
Biological/genetic factors
Chronic health conditions
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Lack of access to resources
Use of alcohol or drugs
Social isolation/loneliness
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    Why get help?

    If you are worried about your well-being or that of someone close to you, please get help. Getting care can provide tools to manage your feelings, change your outlook and improve your life.
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    Who can help?

    Behavioral health experts can help you. They will work to understand your needs and set up the right treatment for you.

What are some effective strategies to
improve behavioral health?

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Healthy behaviors like nutrition, exercise, sufficient sleep
Mindfulness, meditation
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Outpatient or inpatient treatment
Strong, connected relationships
Therapy, counseling, peer support

Mental health 101

There are many types of mental illness. Some are extremely common and can be well-managed by lifestyle changes or medication. Other conditions might require more serious medical intervention.
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    Behavioral health screenings and visits

    Learn what a behavioral health screening is, plus what to expect, and questions to ask at a behavioral health doctor’s visit
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    Connecting mental health and substance use disorder

    People experiencing substance use disorder may also struggle with other mental health challenges. When someone has a substance use disorder, the person may be unable to control their use of alcohol or drugs.

Behavioral Health Action Plan

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona aims to engage 525,000 Arizonans in improving behavioral health by 2025.

Happiness is a habit

You can’t always control what happens in your life, but you can choose how you respond. When you know your stress triggers, eliminate toxic habits, and make time for self-care, you can change your life for the better.