May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental Health America called 2014’s theme “Mind Your Health” with two objectives in mind: to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and its preventive factors and benefits to the body and to build public recognition around the role of mental health to overall health.
When talking about preventative health, mental health can often be overlooked. However, many link the level of mental health to that of their body health. Factors like diet, weight, stress levels, anxiety, and social relationships can have strong effects on our health. In fact, nearly 1-in-5 Americans over the age of 18 will experience a diagnosable mental health disorder during the course of a year.
If you have been feeling symptoms of a mental disorder or are curious about the state of your mental health, consider visiting your primary care physician or Crittenton’s Behavioral Health Department. Take some time during Mental Health Awareness Month to focus on your mental health and these tips:
- Eat breakfast
- Assess the levels of stressors in your life
- Get more sleep
- Go for a walk each day
- Spend quality time with friends and family
If you are currently a caretaker for someone suffering from mental disease, remember you must take care of yourself as well. Our support groups can help give you a listening ear and the fellowship you need.
For more information and resources regarding Mental Health Awareness month, visit Mental Health America.