Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May in the United States since 1949. in 2016, there were an estimated 44.7 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States with mental illness. The stigma around those living with mental illness is prominent and can promote shame and isolation from the community. A Place For Hope can help. We offer opportunities for our members to engage in social situations with other adults who understand what it means to live with mental illness. There are opportunities for our members to offer comfort, compassion and engage in peer to peer mentoring. We are focusing our program to include the eight dimensions of wellness as identified by SAMHSA. Which are emotional, financial, social,spiritual, occupational,physical, intellectual, and environmental.
Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being. With early and effective treatment, individuals with mental illness can recover and lead full, productive lives. So much of what we do physically impacts us mentally. Paying attention to both your physical health and your mental health can help you achieve overall wellness and set you on a path to recovery. A healthy lifestyle can help to 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. Living a healthy lifestyle may not be easy but can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building
on those successes.