When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, sometimes it’s a lot to handle. It is important to remember that mental health is important to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.
So much of what we do physically affects us mentally. That is why this year’s theme for May is Mental Health Month – Fitness #4Mind4Body. The focus is 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 and we are focusing on how a healthy lifestyle may help prevent the beginning of 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.
It is important to look at your overall health, both physically and mentally, to reach wellness. Exercising, eating healthy foods that can help your gut health, getting enough sleep, and lowering stress are all extremely important. It’s all about finding the right balance to benefit both the mind and body. Living a healthy lifestyle is not always easy, but work on making small changes and build on you successes.
Remember that mental health concerns are common and treatable. Talk to your healthcare provider about any concerns you may have. If in crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the Human Service Center of Forest, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Crisis Line 1-888-299-1188.
For more information on Mental Health Month and information on exercise, diet and nutrition, gut health, sleep, and stress management, visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may
Forest, Oneida, and Vilas Counties are working together to decrease suicide. We have been providing Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide prevention trainings throughout our communities. QPR trainings teach people how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to get help. If you would like to host a training, please contact Jacee Anderson (Forest County) at 715-478-3371 or Tammi Boers (Oneida and Vilas County) at 715-479-3757.
Suicide Prevention Resources
- Human Service Center Crisis line 1-888-299-1188
- HopeLine Text Service- Text HOPELINE to 741 741
- Crisis bed @ Koinonia – Rhinelander 715-362-5745
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- DVSA Crisis line 1-800-236-1222
- LGBTQ Crisis Line 1-866-488-7386
- Teen Line 310-855-4673 or Text TEEN to 839863
- Local shelters
- Local Emergency Rooms/crisis screeners
- Local NAMI chapter – Rhinelander www.nami.org
- Ministry Behavioral Health – on call provider during business hours