Physical fitness and good mental health are the yin and yang of a healthy and abundant life. During Mental Health Awareness Month 2018, Mental Health America stressed the fitness part of this equation and started the #4Mind4Body campaign. In 2019, they are expanding the dialogue to include more ideas for achieving a sound and stable mental state.
What Is Mental Health Awareness Month?
Mental Health Awareness Month was first held in May of 1949 by Mental Health America and has been going strong since. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, almost 450 million people worldwide are living with a mental illness, yet nearly two thirds never seek treatment. The goal of Mental Health Awareness Month is to raise awareness of mental health and educate the community about mental illnesses, as well as reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.
Mental Health America and its many affiliates have developed an intriguing agenda for the 2019 Mental Health Awareness Month. Some new topics of discussion include:
- Animal Companionship
- Work/Life Balance
- Spirituality and Religion
- Social Connections and Recreation
On their Mental Health Awareness Month page, you can access information about events and activities, as well as downloadable infographics, resources, and a free toolkit that can help you lead forums and discussions and help disseminate mental health information via social media and other media sources. You can also visit National Alliance on Mental Illness to learn more facts about mental health, get access to graphics and resources, learn how to raise awareness, create a fundraising program, and connect with partners and events.
The Fitness Factor
Being strong and stable physically can help you feel better emotionally. Just as muscle memory can help you react quickly in a healthy and protective way, practicing emotional reactions may help you better handle stressful situations or triggers.
Some of the physical factors discussed during Mental Health Awareness Month include:
- Diet and Nutrition
- The Gut-Brain Connection
When to Seek Help
At Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute, we strive to keep our patients and community well-informed, while also providing quality behavioral healthcare. Our treatment programs are created with YOU in mind. Contact us today for more information about our facility in Georgetown, TX and to discuss your mental health concerns.