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“Mind Your Health” Is Mental Health Month Theme

Posted On May 07, 2014

Press release from Community Mental Health Center, Inc.

(Undated) – May is Mental Health Month, and Mental Health America and Community Mental Health Center, Inc. encourage you to “Mind Your Health,” the theme of this year’s campaign, which calls attention to strategies and approaches that help all Americans achieve wellness and good mental and overall health.

According to Mental Health America, mental health is integral to overall health. People need to care for their mental health so they can respond to the stress of daily life and the challenges it presents. This Mental Health Month, MHA and CMHC encourage everyone to learn about steps they can take to protect their mental health and balance both mind and body.

“At CMHC, to recognize this essential focus, we recently developed a new mission statement,” said Tom Talbot, CMHC Executive Director. “Our mission statement is ‘Partnering for Wellness: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Healthy Life.’ We believe this mission statement reflects where we see the field of health care evolving and how we see CMHC’s role now and in the future.”

Mental Health Month was started 65 years ago to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. When a person has good mental health, they deal better with what comes their way. By contrast, “poor” mental health – such as feeling overwhelmed by stress – can make even day-to-day life difficult. Research shows that stress is closely linked to high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity. It also shows that people who feel depressed or chronically stressed may have a greater risk of physical illnesses.

“The good news is that there are many healthy choices and steps that individuals can take to promote and strengthen mental health, and overall health and well-being,” said Talbot. “Building social supports, eating and drinking with your mental health in mind, and stress management are important steps that promote good mental health. A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems, which individuals with serious mental illnesses suffer in disproportionate amounts.”

Mental Health America and CMHC say that, just as Americans have learned there are things they can do to reduce their risk of heart disease and chronic illnesses, the organizations want to help people learn what they can do both to protect their mental health in tough times and also to improve their mental well-being throughout their lives.

“We need to care for both our minds and our bodies,” said Talbot.

On May 8, the nation also marks National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. In 2006, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services launched the initiative as an opportunity for children’s mental health initiatives within SAMHSA and Awareness Day co-sponsors and supporters to promote positive youth development, resilience, recovery, and the transformation of mental health services delivery for children and youth with serious mental health needs and their families.

One Community One Family, the Systems of Care collaborative in which CMHC is a community partner, will host a community celebration of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 8 at the Hillcrest Country Club in Batesville. OCOF has worked to publicize child and adolescent mental health matters in all eight of the counties in the Systems of Care collaborative – Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, Rush and Switzerland.

According to SAMHSA statistics, one in five children and adolescents experience mental health challenges that impact early learning, social interactions and the overall well-being of their families. Children and adolescents may encounter a variety of issues including attention problems, post-traumatic stress, and depression.

Community Mental Health Center, Inc., 285 Bielby Road, Lawrenceburg, joins Mental Health America and SAMHSA as they work to draw attention to the importance of mental health, mental health services and overall wellness during the month of May and throughout the year.

For more information about Mental Health America and the Mind Your Health campaign, visit the Mental Health America website at www.mentalhealthamerica.net.

CMHC uses a network of facilities in Batesville, Brookville, Lawrenceburg, Rising Sun, St. Leon and Vevay to provide services in the region. The Center offers an array of services – from outpatient counseling to inpatient services to community and school-based services to housing services for individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses – throughout this network. CMHC employs professional staff, from case managers to psychiatrists, to provide these services.

If you, or a friend or a neighbor, are dealing with depression, anger, stress, substance abuse or addiction, grief, or another mental health issue, please contact CMHC, Inc., at (812) 537-1302, or visit our website at www.cmhcinc.org to find an office near you. Emergency services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling (812) 537-1302, or toll-free at 1-877-849-1248.

All CMHC services are provided without regard to race, religion, disability, gender, color, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political belief, status as a veteran, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.