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Meet RussellRussell Smith
Billing Representative, Montefiore Medical Center
When I focus on the positives in my life and the love I have for my family, I can feel myself getting mentally stronger.
After battling back from what was initially a terminal cancer diagnosis, Russell Smith had become depressed and realized he needed support. He began seeing a therapist who helped him work through the trauma he’d experienced. “My mental health began to improve,” Russell explains. “I still get emotional, but my therapist continues to help me. When I focus on the positives in my life and the love I have for my family, I can feel myself getting mentally stronger.”
But starting therapy wasn’t easy. “Particularly as an African-American male, some people said I was crazy,” Russell remembers. He recommends therapy for anyone who wants to improve their mental health. “People need the help I had,” he says. “Strengthening your mental health can give you the confidence you need to overcome the challenges.”
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Hear from the expert!
Dr. Karinn Glover breaks down the signs of burnout, trauma and grief and offers tips and resources for getting the help you need.
Karinn Glover Attending, Adult Outpatient Psychiatry at Montefiore; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,
Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr. Karinn Glover gives her insights on the variety of mental health professionals who can support you. She also shares healthy habits to improve your overall well-being and reduce stress.
The most important part of your journey to emotional well-being is finding the right mental health professional. To find a provider, visit our behavioral health network at www.1199SEIUBenefits.org/MentalHealth or visit Teladoc.com, where you can also view specialist profiles. For more telehealth information, call 800-TELADOC (835-2362).
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Do something that makes you feel good. It might be reading a book, watching a movie, listening to some music or taking your dog for a walk. No matter what your choice is for self-care, making time for yourself is important.