May is Mental Health Month 2007
Mental Health America Provides Tips and Resources for Well-Being
Contact: Jason Halal, (703) 797-1943 or email@example.com
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (April 30, 2007) - Each May, Mental Health America and its 320 affiliates nationwide celebrate Mental Health Month - an annual observance established over fifty years ago to raise awareness of mental health and to promote mental wellness. Throughout the month, Mental Health America affiliates and partner organizations will host events in their communities to help people recognize mental illnesses and protect their mental health.
"Mental health affects us all - regardless of whether we have a mental illness," said David Shern, Ph.D., Mental Health America president and CEO. "When we have good mental health, we more effectively cope with daily life and its challenges. By developing healthy habits, we can boost mental health and increase resiliency to mental illness, allowing us to live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives."
To promote wellness during Mental Health Month, Mental Health America - the country's leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives - developed the following tips for managing everyday stress:
Set Manageable Goals - The more control you have over work, the less stress you'll feel. Be realistic about your workload and deadlines. Make a ‘to do' list, taking care of important tasks first and eliminating unessential ones.
Live a Healthy Lifestyle - Taking care of your body makes a difference. Limit caffeine and alcohol, get enough rest, exercise and balance work with play.
Spend Time With Others - Family and friends are important. Reach out to someone you haven't talked to in a while or call on a friend or relative to join you on errands or everyday activities. It will help raise your spirits and engage others in your life.
Take a Time Out - Taking time to unwind can decrease your stress levels and improve your health and relationships. Try meditating, exercising, indulging in a hobby or talking with a friend. Whatever you choose to do, remember this: it's your time, so spend it doing something you enjoy.
Ask for Help - Allow friends and family to assist with housework, child-care or any activities you find stressful. If you persistently feel overwhelmed, seek help from a mental health professional. The ability to ask for help may be your greatest asset.
For additional Mental Health Month information and tips, or to find a Mental Health Month event near you, call 800-969-6642 or visit http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/.
Mental Health America is the country's leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation - everyday and in times of crisis.