Message from the CEO
With the recent high-profile suicides of celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, who were very successful in their respective careers, the topic of mental health is top of mind.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates rose in nearly every state between 1999 and 2016. It is now the 10th leading cause of death in the country and claims more American lives each year than automobile accidents. More than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition. Mental health is a critical part of overall wellness and in today's world we're faced with all kinds of stressors that can put a strain on our mental health. We encourage all UHA members to get help from your primary care physician or seek out a mental health care professional should you be experiencing signs of depression or emotional and mental distress.
This November, the Hawai'i Health at Work Alliance will host its 3rd Annual Hawai'i Wellness Leaders Conference where we'll hear from Dr. Daniel G. Amen on the subject of how improving your brain health promotes long-term physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being for your employees. I encourage you to attend to learn more about how you can support the mental health of your employees.
On the topic of emotional and mental well-being, I'm happy to announce a new initiative we just launched. UHA recognizes the fact that pets can improve fitness levels, lower stress and increase our overall happiness in general and for this reason, UHA Health Insurance is donating $40 to the Hawaiian Humane Society for each pet insurance application submitted through our website. Because the health benefits of pet ownership are so clear, we feel that support of the Hawaiian Humane Society – which cares for more than 20,000 animals each year – is very much aligned with our goals for increased community health. Though it is not a UHA plan benefit, we've partnered with Pets Best to offer pet insurance because of their experience and longevity in the industry. If you have a pet and are interested in learning more to get them coverage, visit uhahealth.com/pets.
UHA President & CEO