Comforting resources during tough times

Get the mental health support needed to cope and recover.

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Mental health problems impact your thinking, mood, and behavior, as well as those around you. They can appear in little ways such as losing sleep for a few weeks or as significant signs like feeling totally hopeless for long periods of time.

No matter how big or small, if you or a loved one is experiencing mental health problems we’re here to help. Sharp Health Plan covers mental illness diagnosis and treatment at any age and stage, as well as serious emotional disturbances in children.



Resources that can help you find care

Here are a few tools you can use when learning about diagnosis and seeking out treatment


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Are you or someone you care about suffering from an eating disorder?

This support group helps individuals and families understand the complexity of eating disorders and maintaining lifelong recovery.

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Coping with life's transitions

The road of life is filled with obstacles and can get more difficult as we age. Learn how to cope with the challenges, including loss, loneliness and pain.

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What to expect at your first oncology visit

Dr. Marilyn Norton, an oncologist at Sharp Chula Vista’s Barnhart Cancer Center, shares her advice for making the most of a first oncology appointment.

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Staying healthy when others are sick

First one person in your home gets sick with a cold or flu — perhaps your school-aged child, partner or roommate. Then you start feeling that slight tickle at the back of your throat or mild ache near your temples, and you sense that you’re next in line for the illness.

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Preventive care

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What does a routine checkup or screening cover?

Maintaining and improving your health with regular preventive care, including routine checkups and screenings, can help you stay healthy, and allow you and your doctor to work together to help you reach your personal health and wellness goals.

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Treating ear infections in kids

Antibiotics aren’t necessary in all cases — especially if your child has a viral infection.

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Get The Picture: Childhood immunizations

Watch to see what two parents learned about immunization.


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Wearable fitness tech: not just for the young

Sharp Health Plan’s Heather O’Gorman was featured in Sharp Health News on wearable technology. Surprisingly, studies show older adults use wearable fitness technology more than their younger counterparts.

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Common changes during pregnancy

During your pregnancy, it is normal for you to experience some changes and discomforts that are related to pregnancy.

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Exercise during pregnancy

When you exercise during pregnancy, you keep your body strong and your baby healthy.

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Safety tips for older adults

Sharp Health Plan’s Michelle Milles is featured in an article for Sharp Health News on elder safety. Learn basic tips to protecting seniors from dangers at home, outside and while exercising.

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Child immunization

Immunization protects your baby from 14 serious childhood diseases he or she could get before the age of 2.


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Read this: 4 health benefits of reading

Best Health’s Michelle Milles is quoted in an article on the health benefits of reading. You’ll receive tips on why you should incorporate reading into your daily schedule and shut off the eReaders at night.

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6 tips to stick to your weight loss goals

Sharp Health Plan’s Best Health team members Ben Aragon and Jessica Bixenmann are featured in this informative article on sticking to your weight loss goals. With losing weight as the top New Year’s resolution, following their tips will help you change your eating and exercising habits.

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Get the most health from your health plan

Sharp Health Plan’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Cary Shames is quoted in this article on how to get the most out of your health plan. For the new year, members should take advantage of all the preventive health benefits available to them without a copay.

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Migraine Headache

Migraine headaches are intense, recurrent headaches that may occur at any age but usually begin between the ages of 10 and 30 years. The precise cause is unknown, but it is hereditary in up to 80 percent of cases.


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Iraq veteran has shoulder surgery at Sharp Coronado

After 20 years of serving his country, Diossy needed us to serve him. Watch as he undergoes life-changing surgery at Sharp Coronado Hospital.

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Proper posture for a healthy spine

Did anyone ever tell you to stand up straight? Well it’s a little more than that. Get a few tips from an expert on how to sit and stand without straining your spine.

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Healthy back class

Do you find yourself struggling with back pain? Sign up for this class to get recommendations on how to avoid back injuries while maintaining an active lifestyle.

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Aortic aneurysms treatment at Sharp

Watch Betty’s journey as she goes through the diagnosis and treatment of her aortic aneurysms at Sharp. See why she calls herself “a poster child for quality of life.”


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How to live a healthy life after retirement

Everyone ages, but not in the same way. Learn about personalizing care that fits your needs and keeps you living a happy and healthy life.

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Log in to your account to see plan coverage details

Sharp Health Plan gives you access to the very best care during challenging times. Coverage varies depending on the health insurance plan you are signed up for. Log in to your account to get details on your covered care.


No doctor referral needed

You don’t need a referral from your primary care doctor to get access to mental health services. However, only services offered through plan providers will be covered. So the best way to ensure coverage is to find a doctor in your network before taking the next step.

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How to spot the signs

Mental health problems appear in a variety of ways. For some people, you might see big changes in their behavior and mood. For others, you might not notice any difference, even though they’re struggling inside. It’s Up to Us® offers tons of information about what to look for and how to get help for yourself or those around you who may be going through a difficult time.

Learn what to look for


What does your plan cover?

As a Sharp Health Plan Member, you’ll have access to great resources like:

  • Mental health care services for all ages
  • Inpatient hospital services
  • Partial hospital
  • Outpatient Services
  • Access to Sharp Health Plan Providers without PCP referral


To schedule an appointment or access care, call Psychiatric Centers at San Diego at 1-877-257-7273

For more information about your benefits, call our Customer Care team at 1-858-499-8300 or toll free at 1-800-359-2002.

An important note

  • Coverage is obtained through plan providers. Any out-of-network service is not covered and you will be responsible for the charges.
  • Mental health services will not be approved, denied or modified based solely on the type of admission (voluntary or involuntary) or method of transportation to a health facility.