May is Mental Health Month, and Mental Health America and Community Mental Health Center Inc. encourage citizens to “Mind Your Health,” the theme of this year’s campaign, which calls attention to strategies and approaches that help all Americans achieve wellness and good mental and overall health, according to public relations manager Kevin Kennedy Sr.
This month, MHA and CMHC officials encourage everyone to learn about steps they can take to protect their mental health and balance both mind and body.
“At CMHC, to recognize this essential focus, we recently developed a new mission statement, ‘Partnering for Wellness: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Healthy Life,’” said executive director Tom Talbot. “We believe this mission statement reflects where we see the field of health care evolving and how we see CMHC’s role now and in the future.”
Mental Health Month was started 65 years ago to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. When a person has good mental health, they deal better with what comes their way. By contrast, poor mental health – such as feeling overwhelmed by stress – can make even day-to-day life difficult. Research shows that stress is closely linked to high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity. It also shows that people who feel depressed or chronically stressed may have a greater risk of physical illnesses.
“The good news is that there are many healthy choices and steps that individuals can take to promote and strengthen mental health and overall health and well-being,” Talbot revealed. “Building social supports, eating and drinking with your mental health in mind and stress management are important steps that promote good mental health. A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems, which individuals with serious mental illnesses suffer in disproportionate amounts.”