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Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Talks about Mental Health

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May 21, 2018

May is National Health Month

When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, knowing how to help and figuring out the best support systems for care can feel like a lot to handle. It is important to remember that mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being. Mental illnesses are common and treatable. Recovery is possible.

So much of what we do physically impacts us mentally and vice versa. Fitness #4Mind4Body is a call to pay attention to both your physical health and your mental health, which can help achieve overall wellness and set you on a path to recovery.

“May is Mental Health Month” was started 69 years ago by Mental Health America to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. This “May is Mental Health Month” we are focused on how a healthy lifestyle may help prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems. It can also help people recover from these conditions. Eating healthy foods, managing stress, exercising, and getting enough sleep can go a long way in making you both physically and mentally healthy.

“In order to achieve total wellness it is important to step back and take a look at your overall health, both physically and mentally,” said Angelina Thomas, Operations Manager for Behavioral Health Services at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic. “Getting the appropriate amount of exercise, eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep and reducing stress – it’s all about finding the right balance to benefit both the mind and body.”

“As an organization that is committed to improving the health of the communities we serve, access to mental health treatment is a vital component to our health care delivery system,” concluded Thomas. “We believe in the importance of treating physical and mental conditions, there is hope and recovery from both that can result in helping everyone have a fulfilling and healthy life.”

For more information on May is Mental Health Month, visit Mental Health America’s website at


Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides comprehensive medical and social services for more than 149,000 people. We employ 1,482 full-time staff and 705 part-time staff, medical residents, dental residents, administrative fellows, students and volunteers. Facilities: 24 medical clinics, 12 dental clinics, 8 pharmacies, and 59 program sites. Washington locations: Grandview, Granger, Kennewick, Prosser, Pasco, Spokane, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Yakima, Walla Walla, and Wapato. Oregon locations: Astoria, Clatskanie, Hermiston, Newberg, McMinnville, Portland, Salem, and Woodburn. Our Mission: Together we are dedicated to lead, with the courage to care, the determination to promote personal growth, and the compassion to champion the cause of those who have no voice. Visit: