Mental Health America and other affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month since 1949 by reaching millions of people through the media, screenings, and local events.
Mental health is essential to general health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. Mental and physical health are linked, so problems in one area can affect the other. It is important to try and keep them balanced. A healthy lifestyle can make a big difference in preventing the onset or worsening of mental health conditions and chronic health problems such as heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.
The most basic habits of self-care make a huge impact in keeping you mentally and physically healthy: eating healthy foods, managing stress, exercising and getting the right amount of sleep.
Work with a primary care doctor – communication between people with mental health problems, mental health professionals and primary care providers is vital. See a primary care physician at least twice a year for routine checkups and tests.
Download your free toolkit for facts and tips on diet and nutrition, exercise, the gut-brain connection, sleep, stress and more!
“When we talk about health, we can’t just focus on heart health, or liver health, or brain health, and not whole health. You have to see the whole person, and make use of the tools and resources that benefit minds and bodies together. That’s why this toolkit for everyone, whether or not they have a mental health concern”
-Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO of Mental Health America
The eight dimensions of wellness according to samhsa.gov –
Wellness is not the absence of illness or stress; you can still strive for wellness even if you are experiencing challenges in your life. Your attitude towards challenges and obstacles, as well as the willingness to strive to be better is what makes all the difference.