May is Mental Health Month Marks 70 Years
#4Mind4Body Theme Highlights Importance of Work-Life Balance, Pets, Spirituality
in Achieving Balanced Mental Health
WEST PLAINS, Mo—When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental
health concern, sometimes it’s a lot to handle. It’s important
to remember that mental health is essential to everyone’s overall
health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.
May is Mental Health Month was started 70 years ago by the national organization, Mental Health America,
to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of
good mental health for everyone. Last year, Mental Health Month materials
were seen and used by over 30 million people, with more than 16,000 entities
downloading MHA’s tool kit.
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. For
those dealing with a chronic health condition and the people who care
for them, it can be especially important to focus on mental health.
That is why in 2019 we are expanding upon last year’s theme of 4Mind4Body
and taking it to the next level, as we explore the topics of animal companionship,
spirituality and religion, humor, work-life balance, and recreation and
social connections as ways to boost mental health and general wellness.
During May, MHA will also look at how these topics may be especially beneficial
to people who are living with chronic physical illnesses as we ramp up
to MHA’s 2019 Annual Conference – Dueling Diagnoses: Mental
Health and Chronic Conditions in Children and Adults, June 13-15 in Washington,
D.C. where MHA will be discussing the impact and intersection of chronic
conditions and mental health.
“It is important to really look at your overall health, both physically
and mentally, to achieve wellness,” said Julie Posey, LCSW, OMC
Mountain Grove. “Finding a reason to laugh, going for a walk with
a friend, meditating, playing with a pet, or working from home once a
week can go a long way in making you both physically and mentally healthy
– it’s all about finding the right balance to benefit both
the mind and body.”
MHA has developed a series of fact sheets (available at www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may)
to help people understand how their lifestyle affects their health.
“We know that living a healthy lifestyle is not always easy, but
it can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those
successes,” concluded Rochelle Smith, MS, LPC, NCC, Mental Health
Therapist, OMC Behavioral Health. “Finding the balance between work
and play, the ups and downs of life, physical health and mental health,
can help you on the path towards focusing both 4Mind4Body.”
For more information on May is Mental Health Month, visit MHA’s website at
OMC Behavioral Healthcare offers efficient and effective mental health
services to children and adults including individual, couples and family
counseling. In addition, BHC provides case management, anger management,
parenting groups, dual diagnosis groups, and medication services to help
reduce the severity and duration of mental health disorders. Our team
of psychiatrist, social workers, nurse practitioner, nurses, Community
Support Specialists, Peer Specialists, Family Support Providers, and counselors
provide convenient, comprehensive care to keep our community mentally healthy.
If you or someone you care for is experiencing a psychiatric emergency,
call the crisis hotline (MOCARS) 24-hours a day, 7 days a week at 800-356-5395.