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Mental Health Month 2018

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. So much of what we do physically impacts us mentally –it’s important to pay attention to both your physical health and your mental health, which can help you achieve overall wellness and set you on a path to recovery.
Action Plus is raising awareness about the connection between physical health and mental health, through the theme Fitness #4Mind4Body. The campaign is meant to educate and inform individuals about how eating healthy foods, gut health, managing stress, exercising, and getting enough sleep can go a long way in making you healthy all around.

This May is Mental Health Month

A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems. It can also play a big role in helping people recover from these conditions. Taking good care of your body is part of a before Stage Four approach to mental health. Getting the appropriate amount of exercise can help control weight, improve mental health, and help you live longer and healthier. Recent research is also connecting your nutrition and gut health with your mental health.

Sleep also plays a critical role in all aspects of our life and overall health.

Getting a good night’s sleep is important to having enough physical and mental energy to take on daily responsibilities. And we all know that stress can have a huge impact on all aspects of our health, so it’s important to take time to focus on stress-reducing activities like meditation or yoga.
Action Plus wants everyone to know that mental illnesses are real, and recovery is always the goal. Living a healthy lifestyle may not be easy, but by looking at your overall health every day – both physically and mentally – you can go a long way in ensuring that you focus on your Fitness #4Mind4Body.
For more information, visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may
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Disclosing a Mental Health Condition to Others

Source:  https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Living-with-a-Mental-Health-Condition/Disclosing-to-Others

Our stories are not meant for everyone and the important people in your life might not know much about mental illness. It’s important to plan ahead about how to tell others about your mental illness and ask yourself:  “Who has earned the right to hear my story?”

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FREE, 10-Session Course for Adults Living with Mental Health Challenges

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a FREE, 10-session course for adults living with mental health challenges. NAMI Peer‐to‐Peer provides an educational setting focused on recovery that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope. The NAMI Peer-to-Peer education program is:

  • FREE and confidential
  • Held once a week for two hours
  • Taught by trained Peer Mentors living in recovery themselves
  • A great resource for information on mental health and recovery

NAMI Pinellas, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its  NAMI Peer-to-Peer Education Program for the fall beginning Wednesday, February 8th. It will be held on Wednesdays from 10:00am- 12:00pm in the portable classroom of  Northwest Church of Christ 6355 38th Ave N St. Petersburg, FL 33710.

Register Now

Stacy Freskos, Education & Support Specialist NAMI Pinellas County, Florida
P. O. Box 12773 St. Petersburg, FL 33733 727-826-0807
acfreskos@gmail.com

Participant Perspectives

“This course has literally been a life saver. It has opened my eyes to better understanding my illness and methods of recovery I did not know about before taking NAMI Peer-to-Peer.”
“Since taking the course I have gained employment and committed to my recovery.”
“NAMI Peer-to-Peer gave me a better understanding of the ment al illness I have and how to manage it.”

About NAMI

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI Pinellas County is an affiliate of NAMI Florida. NAMI Pinellas County and dedicated volunteer members and leaders work tirelessly to raise awareness and provide essential education, advocacy and support group programs for people in our community living with mental illness and their loved ones.