Post written by RHIANNON MOORE, MA, PSYD | LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST, BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CLINICIAN and INTERIM DIRECTOR OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Health Partnership celebrates Mental Health Month in May
Conditions like depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses are common and treatable. The stigma surrounding these conditions often keeps people from seeking the help they need.
However, symptoms of mental illness often overlap with physical conditions, making it important to focus on mental health in an effort to promote overall well-being.
Thinking of mental illness like we think of physical illness and seeking treatment from qualified professionals is the first step in achieving overall wellness.
May marks Mental Health Month. Health Partnership Clinic (HPC) is raising awareness about the connection between physical health and mental health, through the theme Fitness #4Mind4Body.
Community members and patients are invited to stop by our Olathe clinic, located at 407 S. Clairborne Rd., Suite 104, Olathe, Kansas throughout the month of May to pick up a complimentary bottle of water, promotional items, and health information.
We also encourage all patients to speak with a Behavioral Health Clinician (BHC) about any concerns regarding stress, anxiety, depression, grief, ADHD, other mental illness and/or management of chronic physical health conditions. Schedule an appointment by calling (913.648.2266) or ask for a BHC at your next medical or dental appointment.
The #4Mind4Body campaign is meant to educate and inform individuals about how healthy eating, gut health, managing stress, exercising, and getting enough sleep can go a long way in making you healthy all around.
A healthy lifestyle can help prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, as well as physical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems. It can also play a big role in helping people recover from these conditions.
Getting the appropriate amount of exercise can help control weight, improve mental health, and contributes to longer and healthier lives. Recent research is also connecting nutrition and gut health with mental health.
Additionally, sleep plays a critical role in all aspects of our life and overall health. Getting a consistent, adequate sleep is important to having enough physical and mental energy to take on daily responsibilities.
And we all know that stress can have a huge impact on all aspects of our health, so it’s important to take time to focus on stress-reducing activities like meditation or yoga. Keep an eye out for other tips for managing stress on HPC’s Facebook page throughout the month of May.
At Health Partnership, we want everyone to know that mental illnesses are real and, like physical health conditions, can be managed via lifestyle changes, therapy, medication, and/or self-care.
Living a healthy lifestyle may not be easy, but by focusing daily on your overall health – both physically and mentally – you can go a long way in ensuring Fitness #4Mind4Body.
For more information, visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may.