May is Mental Health Month!
May is National Mental Health month. Napa County is
promoting Mental Health America’s national theme of Life with a Mental Illness. We often talk about mental illness in
clinical terms sometimes forgetting that behind those diagnoses are real people
who are living with it. They often feel alone and afraid, isolated from the
communities they live in due to the social stigma attached to their illness.
This can result in their not seeking help and receiving the available treatment
and services that could give them a happier, healthier life.
Talking about how it feels to live with mental illness can
help break down barriers and lead to a greater understanding with loved ones as
well as the community at large. The Mental Health Division is dedicated to
further assisting our residents with mental illness to get help at the earliest
stages thus leading them towards a healthier and more fulfilled life.
During May is Mental Health Month, the Mental Health
Division is supporting a number of community activities to increase awareness
which include a NAMI walk, a ParentsCan
hosted Children’s Mental Health Matters event, outreach efforts at the Napa
County Library, and film screenings. For more information about May is Mental
Health Month events, please contact Rocio Canchola at
707-299-2119. Also, please watch your
email box for weekly updates on local events and information from the Life with a Mental Illness
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.