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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

The 2014 May is Mental Health Month theme is “Mind Your Health.” The goals is to build public recognition about the importance of mental health to overall health and wellness; inform people of the ways that the mind and body interact with each other; and provide tips and tools for taking positive actions to protect mental health and promote whole health.

Download the Mind Your Health Calendar with daily tips to boost mind and body.

Learn about ways to improve your mental health:

Did you know?

  • Nearly 1-in-5 Americans over age 18 will experience a diagnosable mental health disorder in a given year, and nearly half (46.4%) will experience a mental health disorder in their lifetime.
  • Approximately 70% of Americans experience physical and non-physical symptoms of stress, but only 37% think they are doing very well at managing stress.
  • More than 2/3 of American adults are either obese or overweight.
  • One in six Americans over age 18 binge drink. Excessive drinking (binge drinking and heavy drinking) causes approximately 80,000 deaths each year.
  • Nearly half (48%) of Americans report not getting enough sleep, with women feeling so more than men.
  • While it is estimated that approximately half of US adults use supplements, only 23% of supplements used were recommended by a health care professional.
  • Relationships and social connections are important. Low level of social interaction was found to have an impact on lifespan equivalent to smoking nearly a pack of cigarettes a day or being an alcoholic, and was twice as harmful as being obese.
  • Half of American adults do not get the recommended amounts of aerobic and      muscle-strengthening exercise.

Good News…

There are many healthy choices and steps that individuals can adopt to promote and strengthen mental health—and overall health and well-being. A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems.  It can also help people recover from these conditions.

What is hipS-sister doing?

 This month, get your reversible royal/gold sportS-sister for only $30.00 and hipS-sister will donate $1.00 to the Mental Health America.

A bit more about MHA and what they are doing

A number of activities are being planned by the national office to recognize May is Mental Health Month. Activities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Launch of a “screening central” function on the Mental Health America website.
  • Participation in national media outreach for Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on Capitol Hill (launch event on May 6, observance on May 8).
  • Joint Hill Day event with the National Council, NAMI, DBSA, PRA, the International Bipolar Foundation and the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness on May 7th.  (Sign up for Hill Day for FREE at https://ncc.expoplanner.com/index.cfm?do=reg.flow&event_id=7)
  • Roll out of four 90-second videos about mental health on the Mission Critical Health and Patient Point networks, shown in tens of thousands of doctors’ offices nationwide.
  • Kick-off of spotlight segments about mental health beginning in May and lasting throughout 2014 on the Washington, D.C. metro NBC affiliate news station, developed under advisement of Mental Health America.
  • Social media posts, press releases and interviews throughout the month of May about the importance of mental health to health in general.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sisters,
S,S,K,T,J

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