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HE&R Recognizes World Mental Health Day 2023

October 10 is World Mental Health Day

In recognition of World Mental Health Day, this email was sent to Hershey Entertainment & Resorts team members. 

Since 1992, World Mental Health Day has been commemorated on October 10 to raise awareness and drive positive change. The World Foundation of Mental Health has advocated for mental health awareness, education and healthcare for 75 years. The organization has declared the 2023 theme to be ‘mental health is a universal human right.’ 

Starting a conversation about mental health - whether you need help or have a friend or family member in need - can be the hardest part of the journey. If you are struggling, experts recommend you build a support system, find a peer group, actively participate in your treatment and develop a recovery plan. 

If you believe someone is in crisis, communicate in a straightforward manner and ask questions such as, “I am someone who cares and wants to listen. What do you want me to know about how you are feeling…” or “I've been worried about you. Can we talk about what you are experiencing? If not, who are you comfortable talking to?” Mental health should not carry a stigma. You are encouraged to talk with a colleague, friend, or family member if you need assistance. Below are more resources for your reference. 


Here are some resources if you or someone you know needs assistance or is in crisis. 

HE&R Healthcare Benefits and Resources:

  • Team members and their families can use the HE&R Employee Assistance Plan to access a variety of confidential mental health, substance abuse, and other well-being resources.
  • Team members participating in our medical plan through our provider, Highmark, have inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse care coverage. Providers can be found by selecting the "Find a Doctor " link on the Highmark app or logging in to your account at highmarkblueshield.com.
  • Highmark offers ‘ShareCare,’ which encourages you to put yourself at the top of your to-do list and prioritize your mental well-being. For helpful tips, visit mycare.sharecare.com and select Discover > Health Topics to follow, like Stress, Anxiety, and Wellness. 

External Resources:

  • If you or someone you love is in crisis, contact the free Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by calling 988. The hotline is available 24 hours/day in English and Spanish. 
  • The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania offers services and resources from the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services:
    • Crisis Text Line: Text PA to 741741 
    • Veteran Crisis Line: Dial 988, Press 1 
    • Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
    • The Trevor Project Lifeline (LGBTQ): 1-866-488-7386
    • Trans Helpline: 877-565-8860

Thank you, and if you need assistance, please contact a trusted friend or family member.