Understanding mental health

Let's have an open talk about mental health

Talking about depression, anxiety or other problems that may affect your behavioral health (also called mental health) isn’t always easy. But let’s start the conversation. If you or a loved one may be dealing with these issues, you’re not alone. Millions of people in the U.S. are affected by behavioral health issues each year.1 Learning how to talk about and understand your mental health issues may be the first step in recovery. Then, you may learn ways to cope and start feeling better.

What is behavioral health?

Behavioral health (or mental health) are terms used to describe a number of problems that may affect your mental wellbeing. When we talk about behavioral health, it includes stress, anxiety, depression, mood disorders or other psychological issues. Behavioral health disorders may also include things like substance use disorders, eating disorders, or psychotic disorders.

Taking care of your mental health is important for your overall health. Your emotional state may impact your physical health, too. If you’re struggling, seeking treatment may help you feel better so you can live a healthier life.

Understanding mental health problems and getting help

How to find mental health programs and support

If you are a UnitedHealthcare member, learn about programs and support that may be available to you through your health plan.

Common mental health problems

Below are details to help you learn more about mental health problems that many people may struggle with at different times in their lives. You may want to talk to a professional if these problems sound like issues you may be dealing with.


Feeling nervous or anxious may seem like a regular part of life — but when it interrupts your daily activities, it may be a bigger issue. Learn how to know if it may be time to reach out for help. 


Depression isn’t just feeling down. If you or a loved one struggle with depression, you may be aware that it’s a serious problem. But there may be ways to cope and feel better. Counseling and medication may help, as well as other resources. Learn more about depression and how to get help.


We all may deal with stress, but what if it gets to be too much? Learn ways to help stay in better balance when life may get stressful, whether that’s at school, work or at home.

Mental health support and resources available by phone or online

If you need help right away — for yourself or a loved one — call 911 or use the emergency numbers below.

Substance Use Helpline1-855-780-5955

If you feel that you or a loved one are experiencing signs of addiction, call the confidential helpline to get support, guidance on treatment options, help finding a network provider and answers to your questions.

National Domestic Violence Hotline1-800-799-7233 | 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

Get help with crisis intervention, information and referrals to local services for victims of domestic violence and those calling on their behalf.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline1-800-273-8255 | 1-800-799-4889 (TTY)

If you or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, get emergency help right away. Contact the lifeline for 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress and prevention and crisis resources for you or loved ones. You can also find 24/7 support through an online chat called Lifeline Chat.

The Crisis Text Line — Text “Home” to 741741

The Crisis Text Line is a free resource available 24/7 to help you connect with a crisis counselor.