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May Is Mental Health Month: How Professionals Can Participate

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Mental health awareness in the professional workplace is becoming more common. Professionals are people too and people are prone to developing addiction, alcoholism, and mental illness.

Every May, Mental Health America puts on Mental Health Month as a way to bring attention and awareness to the prevalence of mental health issues in America. Mental Health Month has been an annual celebration since 1949. Each year, the organization reaches out to the general population through the media, local affiliates, and other organizations who share the theme as well as information about mental health.

This year, the theme of Mental Health Month is holistic health, focusing on the connection between the mind and the body. Using the hashtag #4Mind4Body, the organization hopes to spread awareness about the importance of fitness, self-care, and other forms of physical health.

“When we talk about health, we can’t just focus on heart health, or liver health, or brain health, and not whole health,” the organization explains on their website. “You have to see the whole person, and make use of the tools and resources that benefit minds and bodies together.” This year, the conversation is about “what we as individuals can do to be fit for our own futures- no matter where we happen to be on our own personal journeys to health and wellness…”

How You Can Participate In Mental Health Month

The website provides toolkits with information you can print out and hang in your office, your station, your recreation room, and other areas that your employees and visitors can access. Talk openly about the importance of mental health awareness with your clients and patients, as well as your friends and family. If you are comfortable, share your personal experiences with mental illness, letting everyone know that taking time to heal is nothing to be ashamed of.

If you have gone to treatment somewhere like The Center for Professional Recovery, you have learned that the mind body balance is critical for recovery. Though your treatment program was individualized to meet your specific needs, it likely included some form of physical exercise and a focus on fitness. Exercise is an evidence-based tool for coping with stress and the symptoms of various mental illnesses, including addiction. More than exercise, regular check ups, having a healthy diet, and self-care all help the mind by taking care of the body.

Make May the month you change your life and save your career. If you are a professional struggling with an addiction or your mental health, you are not alone. There are options for you to seek the treatment you need while getting the professional support you need which helps you take time from work, then return to work a restored, recovering individual. Call us today for information on our Professional Treatment Program: 855-422-4129

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