May 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of national mental health month in the United States. For the last 70 years, Mental Health America has spent the month of May raising awareness, through the media and links with other organizations, that mental health is something everyone should care about.
This year they are developing on their theme “4Mind4Body”, and are looking at some common strategies that can be used to improve people’s physical and mental health. They will explore the topics of animal companionship (including pets and support animals), spirituality and religion, humor, work-life balance, and recreation and social connections as ways to boost mental health and general wellness.
Some of their key messages include:
- Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.
- A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. It can also help people recover from these conditions.
- Humor, spirituality, recreation, animal companionship, and work-life balance are important for everyone but may be of special importance to people also living with chronic health conditions and those who care for them.
- Living a healthy lifestyle may not be easy but can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes.
We have downloaded their toolkit which contains informative and here are some links to their resources.
- Animal Companionship
- Social Connections and Recreation
- Work-Life Balance
- Spirituality and Religion
We at Conexus want you to be the best and healthiest version of yourself that you can be. Please feel free to reach out to us if you feel you are struggling. If you would prefer, there is lots of help available on the Mental Health America website, alongside some screening tools that you can complete at home and take with you to an appointment with your doctor to show how you have been feeling. It also contains information on what you can do to find help for somebody else. Follow the links: