Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Emphasizes Importance of Wellness
May is Mental Health Month
When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, sometimes it is a lot to handle. It is important to remember that mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.
“May is Mental Health Month” started by Mental Health America 70 years ago, to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone.
A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. It can also help people recover from these conditions. For those dealing with a chronic health condition and the people who care for them, it can be especially important to focus on mental health.
This year, Mental Health America is exploring the topics of animal companionship, spirituality and religion, humor, work-life balance, and recreation and social connections as ways to boost mental health and general wellness.
“It is important to really look at your overall health, both physically and mentally, to achieve wellness,” said Sharon Cabana, MA, LMFT, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Behavioral Health Consultant.
Cabana adds, “Finding a reason to laugh, going for a walk with a friend, meditating, or playing with a pet can go a long way in making you both physically and mentally healthy – it’s all about finding the right balance to benefit both the mind and body.”
MHA has developed a series of fact sheets (available at www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may) to help people understand how their lifestyle affects their health.
“We know that living a healthy lifestyle is not always easy, but it can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes,” Cabana said. “Finding the balance between work and play, the ups and downs of life, physical health and mental health.”
For more information on May is Mental Health Month, visit MHA’s website at www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may.