May is Mental Health Month: Pathways to Wellness

Essential to Leading Full and Productive Lives

May is Mental Health month and several Wabash Valley organizations have come together to promote Mental Health awareness. Hamilton Center, Inc., Mental Health America of Vigo County (MHAVC),Cummins Behavioral Health, D.A.W.G. (Disability Awareness Work Group), and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), have come together to raise awareness about Mental Health. Mayor Duke Bennett will proclaim 'May is Mental Health Month' in a ceremony in the Vigo County Public Library at 12:00 PM (noon) Friday, May 3, 2013 (rooms A and C). The event is open to the public. Pathways to Wellness—this year's theme for May is Mental Health Month—calls attention to strategies and approaches that help all Americans achieve wellness and good mental and overall health.

Mental health is an essential component of overall health and well-being. The fact is our overall well-being is tied to the balance that exists between our emotional, physical, spiritual and mental health. Just as we check our blood pressure and get cancer screenings, it's a good idea to take periodic stock of our emotional well-being. One recent study said everyone should get their mental health checked as often as they get a physical, and many doctors routinely screen for mental health, which typically include a series of questions about lifestyle, eating and drinking habits and mental wellness. But a checkup doesn't necessarily require a special trip to the doctor. There are also online screening tools you can use. While conditions like depression are common—roughly 1 in 5 Americans have a mental health condition—they are extremely treatable. It's why pathways to wellness are so important and why we need to spread the word.

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