Taking care of yourself, inside and out.
Crisis Text Line : Text the keyword “4hope” to 741 741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor within 5 minutes.
Mental and physical health go hand-in-hand; sometimes it’s hard to have one without the other. For young adults just starting out on their own, wellness is especially important. Without being in good health or having a healthy state of mind, you may struggle to accomplish other things, like getting a job, renting an apartment or buying that car you’ve had your eye on.
Ohio Healthy Transitions Project Navigators can help you find the right mental and physical healthcare services to meet your specific needs so you can be ready to achieve your personal goals along the road to adulthood. For information on how to sign up, call 216.320.6404, or email/text LevelUp@wingspancg.org.
The good news: You are in charge! The bad news: You are in charge!
Eating nachos for dinner, sleeping until noon and watching YouTube all day might seem like a good idea when you’re living on your own, but let’s be real. Just because you CAN does not mean you SHOULD. Being in charge of your health and taking care of yourself is an incredible opportunity for you to control how you look and feel on the inside and out. One of the first steps is to find out about all of the amazing resources and services that are out there to help you be your best you – many of which are free!
- Reach out to hospitality teachers, community members, churches, religious institutions, etc. for food assistance
- Learn the Qualifications for Food Stamps to see if you are eligible
- Shop on a budget with this Tip Sheet!
- Compare the nearest grocery stores by price and distance
- Look at the RTA Routes to find the best way to/from the grocer
Diet & Nutrition
- Don’t treat your body like a garbage can!
- Learn more about Nutritional Values to understand how your body processes different foods
- Be aware of food allergies and sensitivities
- Look into produce giveaways at your local Farmer's Markets, Food Pantries, and nearest grocery stores
Staying healthy at home
- A lot of services are covered for low-income households through Medicaid
- Use the Healthcare Marketplace to obtain this insurance
- Types of Medicaid: Caresource, Buckeye, Molina, AETNA, Paramount, United Health
- Do your research!
- All hospitals have their specialty (i.e. Metro’s specialty is trauma)
- Research your local and county health departments
- Check with local hospitals, grocery stores, and drug stores for free screenings, shots, and other services
- Regular primary care and dental care is important for maintaining long-term wellness and preventing future health complications
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- Explore the Lorain County Free Clinic, NEON, and other Free Health Clinics to schedule an appointment
- Home check-ups can also be arranged
Managing chronic health issues
- Know where and How to Access Your Medical Records
- Make sure you have the necessary tools and medications
- Important: Stay on treatable care
- Don’t give up if you don’t get the care you need!
- Establish a trusting relationship with your doctor/provider
- Ask questions about what you’re unfamiliar with
- Understand your illness using the CDC's Diseases & Conditions Index
- Medication safety
- Make sure your doctors know EVERY medication you use
- Know the Risks of Opioid Usage and be very cautious
- Take your medicine until your doctor indicates that you should stop
- If you’re having problems: Fixing Prescription Refill Issues
ER vs Urgent Care vs Primary Care Physician
- Primary Care is used for regular check-ups & follow-ups
- ER and Urgent Care is used for Immediate Urgent Situations
- Follow-up with your primary care physician or specialty care doctor
- Benefits of having a primary care provider/doctor
- If you receive care in the same entity (i.e. Cleveland Clinic, MyChart) all of your providers have access to your records
- Remember to discuss medical history with your physician
- When to Go See a Specialist
- You will receive a referral from your doctor to make an appointment
- Ask questions to understand what treatment you are getting & why
- Utilize the Insurance Marketplace for finding and Getting Insurance
- Some insurance does not cover dental or vision
- Some insurance is not accepted in pharmacies
- Learn What is Covered with Your Insurance?
- Obtaining files and your electronic health record from providers
- Deductibles & Premiums
- Research what doctors are in-network with your insurance so you can minimize the amount you have to pay
- Co-pay is a flat fee you pay for each doctor’s visit that covers your portion of the visit (It’s typically less than $30)
- What to Do If You Don't Have Health Insurance
- Hospitals and clinics by location
- Clinic social workers will help you apply for specific insurances
- Cuyahoga: Free Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, St. Vincent
- Lorain: Lorain County Free Clinic, Elyria Memorial, St. Joseph’s, Jacobs Health Center, St. John Westshore
- Cuyahoga and Lorain: MetroHealth
Crisis Text Line
Text the keyword “4hope” to 741 741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor within 5 minutes.
- Your physical health and mental thoughts can be key signs of mental stress/illness - don’t just chalk it up to being “tired”
- Take an online screening, do your research, and make an appointment
- Learn more about different Mental Health Diagnoses
- Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
- You do not need a referral from a doctor to go to therapy (although if recommended, you should listen to your doctor)
- Therapy can be expensive, but here are some Affordable Therapy Options
- Mental Wellness Apps and other free digital platforms are becoming more widely used and proven to be effective
- Things to know:
- Stay on track with therapy recommendations
- Destigmatize going to therapy - it can help everyone!
- Medical health professionals can also prescribe you Therapy & Support Animals as a form of treatment
Mental health medication and psychiatry
- There are many different Chronic Mental Illnesses that require many different kinds of treatment
- Certain Medications for Mental Health aren’t right for everyone
- Talk to your doctor about any concerns or long term effects on medications
- Other forms of treatment that may have therapeutic value
- Employers drug test!
- Learn about What is Addiction? to understand why it is more common than you think
- Pain killers, alcohol, tobacco, and many other substances are highly addictive and can be accessed easily
- Genetics also plays a large role in the frequency of addiction
- Getting “hooked” on tobacco can be avoided
- Alcohol & Drug Use can turn into a disease
- Long term effects impact both your physical and mental health
- This can lead to violence and/or loss of control
- Prescription painkillers/opioids can be very dangerous, which is why you must inform your doctors of what you can’t take due to addictions
- Societal Impact
- Binge drinking and drug abuse can lead to DUIs, fallouts with the people close to you, and many more negative effects
- Here are some Substance Abuse Statistics
- Hey I’m Here, a youth-led community engaged in changing the conversation when it comes to mental wellness
- Types of peer support: parents, youth and young adults, sponsors, etc.
- There’s a multitude of peer Support Groups for different circumstances
- Why is Peer Support Beneficial? - It builds trust & gives you a source of strength
- If you are in crisis, call 9-1-1 immediately
- You matter! It’s okay to not be okay and to seek help
- Suicide Prevention and Education Resources
- Find Positive Outlets for self-care
- Have someone to talk to, if possible
- Watch the Logic Music Video to see that you’re not alone
- What to do if you receive a call from someone who’s suicidal
- Don’t: Make judgments, minimize the problem, or dismiss actions
- Do: Keep them on the line, talk openly, and call 9-1-1
- The NG911 Text Number allows you to send more than an outgoing call to local professionals
How to receive transportation for appointments
- Some insurances provide transportation
- Some Hospitals and clinics provide transportation
- Prescription deliveries can be set up at any time
- The RTA Healthcare Line runs through Cleveland Clinic and University Hospital Main Campuses
The Importance of Mental Health
Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical well-being. Check out the video below for advice on the importance of self-care.