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It's Mental Health Month!

by Ashley Foster - May 14, 2019

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Very few people go through life without any chronic health challenges. Cancer, heart disease, chronic pain, diabetes, mental illnesses, and more touch every family at some point.

According to Mental Health America, often mental illnesses and other chronic conditions co-occur. People with cancer often have depression; people with schizophrenia often have diabetes; and people with chronic pain often have both physical and behavioral health challenges.
We know that the underlying environment - the "social determinants" of health - plays a role in the development of both physical and mental health conditions.

And what we also know is that some common tools and strategies - such as animal companionship, humor, spirituality, work-life balance, and recreation and social networking - lead to improvements in both physical and mental health.

Check out the fact sheets below, from Mental Health America. 

Animal Companionship

HumorSocial Connections

Spirituality and Religion

Work-Life Balance

 

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Reference: Mental Health America

 

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