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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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Mental Health Resources after Disasters

Many of us are returning to our homes after evacuating from Hurricane Irma.  Some of us are still lacking electricity and running water or are engaged in clean-up efforts.  Whatever your situation, it’s completely understandable to experience fear, anxiety, sadness, or shock immediately after a natural disaster.  The emotional effects of evacuation, rescues, and searches can be dramatic.  These effects can sometimes last for months or even years.
Following a disaster, people might lose their jobs, be displaced from their homes, or even worse.  Post-traumatic stress disorder can occur after events that threaten one’s own life and the lives of their loved ones.   If you are experiencing symptoms, it may indicate a more serious issue and there is no shame in asking for help.

Post-Irma Mental Health Resources

NAMI Hotline (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

The NAMI HelpLine is a free service that provides information, referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition, family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. The HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 am–6 pm, ET.
The number is 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).
NAMI also has a Crisis Text Line. Text NAMI to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline

A 24/7, 365-day-a–year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster.
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.