May is Mental Health Month!
May is National Mental Health month and this year the Napa County Mental Health Division is promoting the theme Mental Health Stigma and Discrimination Elimination. We have planned a full calendar of events around this for Napa County residents and mental health providers to raise awareness of mental health issues surrounding stigma and discrimination that affect many of our community members and often prevent or limit access to treatment. To see the Calendar and a full list of event, just look here!
Mental Health and well-being is important for all of us. To achieve that, we need to know what we can do to stay well, where to go for support, and who to reach out to when that isn't enough.
Please join the Napa County Mental Health Division in the various events we have planned to raise awareness about and break down the fear, stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. For more information, please call (707) 299-2119.
10 Tools to Live Your Life Well
(courtesy of Mental Health America)
Download this information as a pdf in English and Spanish .
These proven tools can help you feel stronger and more hopeful. Need extra motivation? Look at some of the benefits research suggests come from the 10 Tools.
1. Connect with Others.
People who feel connected are happier and healthier--and may even live longer.
2. Stay Positive.
People who regularly focus on the positive in their lives are less upset by painful memories.
3. Get Physically Active.
Exercise can help relieve insomnia and reduce depression.
4. Help Others.
People who consistently help others experience less depression, greater calm and fewer pains.
5. Get Enough Sleep.
Not getting enough rest increases risks of weight gain, accidents, reduced memory and heart problems.
6. Create Joy and Satisfaction.
Positive emotions can boost your ability to bounce back from stress.
7. Eat Well.
Eating healthy food and regular meals can increase your energy, lower the risk of developing certain diseases and influence your mood.
8. Take Care of Your Spirit.
People who have strong spiritual lives may be healthier and live longer. Spirituality seems to cut the stress that can contribute to disease.
9. Deal Better with Hard Times.
People who can tackle problems or get support in a tough situation tend to feel less depressed.
10. Get Professional Help if You Need It.
More than 80 percent of people who are treated for depression improve.