May is Mental Health Month!

Posted on May 17, 2011

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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, mental health concerns affect 1 in 10 Americans today. However, fewer than 25 percent of people with a diagnosable mental disorder seek treatment. Staying mentally healthy is important for your everyday life. Mental health is how we think, feel and act in our everyday lives. It is also a factor in how we deal with stress, relate to others, and make choices (NLM).

Being aware of different mental illnesses and knowing when to seek a doctor is very important. This year’s themes emphasize the importance of not only helping other but also helping yourself. The two themes are:

Do More for 1 in 4

It is a call to action to help the 1 in 4 American adults who live with a diagnosable, treatable mental health condition and the fact that they can go on to live full and productive lives.

Take a look at these resources to see how you can help.

Getting Help for Your One in Four
How to Support your One in Four

Live Well! It’s Essential for Your Potential

This theme focuses on the importance of mental wellness and the steps everyone can take to improve their well-being in the face of difficult times and challenges.

Mental Health America Recommends 10 Tools to Live your Life Well

  1. Connect with Others
  2. Stay positive
  3. Get physically active
  4. Help others
  5. Get enough sleep
  6. Create joy and satisfaction
  7. Eat well
  8. Take care of your spirit
  9. Deal better with hard times
  10. Get professional help if you need it

For more information on these tools click here.

If you need more information on mental health or need help finding a doctor, call the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050.

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