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How to Handle Stress

Presented by:
Dr. Eva Szigethy
Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, UPMC
Director of Behavioral Health in the Chief Medical and Scientific Office, UPMC


Everyone handles stress differently, and some methods of handling stress are more effective than others. Dr. Eva Szigethy talks about social distancing and how it can impact your stress level. She will also walk through a variety of stress management exercises that can help during this uncertain time.





Here’s How We Can Help

Resources for UPMC for Life Members

UPMC Health Plan offers many resources that can help members through this challenging time. To take advantage of the resources below, call toll-free: 1-833-650-7800 (TTY: 711) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Resources for Life

Get help with solutions to life’s problems, big or small. We can connect you with community resources, telephonic counseling, and caregiver support. Call the number above or go to Resources for Life and use the password resources.

Caregiver counseling

Your family members or caregivers can receive six counseling sessions per year—over the phone or in person—at no extra cost.* This benefit can be used to help caregivers reduce their feelings of loss, loneliness, or stress. It also helps caregivers by offering resources for communicating effectively, making tough decisions, setting goals, and solving problems.

Health coaching

A health coach can help you set goals, overcome challenges, manage stress, and stay on track toward enjoying your best health.

Telephonic counseling

Sometimes you just need someone to talk to. You can receive six counseling sessions per year—over the phone or in person—with a trained and licensed counselor at no extra cost.* Your counselor can help you with family and relationship concerns, anxiety, depression, and more.

Brain Manager gives you the support you need, on your time

Being at home, working at home, kids at home… it all can add up to stress and anxiety. Your thoughts matter. We have an app that can help you see the world differently. Get Help for Anxiety and Stress

Additional Resources

Call the UPMC MyHealth 24/7 Nurse Line

The UPMC MyHealth 24/7 Nurse Line offers medical care at your fingertips. If you have symptoms such as a sore throat, dry cough, or fever, often treated at an urgent care center or your physician office, you can reach a health care professional 24/7 without leaving home. Your home phone or cell phone is all you need. Call the UPMC MyHealth 24/7 Nurse Line to speak with a specially trained nurse at 1-866-918-1591 (TTY: 711).

Pennsylvania Support & Referral Helpline

Call 1-855-284-2494 (TTY: 724-631-5600). Help is available 24/7 to assist Pennsylvanians who have anxiety or stress related to the COVID-19 emergency.

*This benefit is administered through Resources for Life and is a separate benefit from the outpatient mental health benefits provided under your plan, which may require a copay or other cost sharing. Please see your Evidence of Coverage for details.

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