Author shares her struggle with mental illness
Brown said wellness is more than the absence of disease and everyone is at risk of experiencing stress, given the demands stress brings and the challenges at work and at home.
“It involves complete general, mental and social well-being. And mental health is an essential component of overall health and well-being. The fact, is our overall well-being is tied to the balance that exists between our emotional, physical, spiritual and mental health. “
But there are steps that maintain well-being and help everyone achieve wellness. These involve a balanced diet, regular exercise, enough sleep, a sense of self-worth, development of coping skills that promote resiliency, emotional awareness, and connections to family, friends and the community.
The following organizations offer additional important resources about mental health.
To learn more, visit:
Mental Health America – www.mentalhealthamerica.net/
Mental Health First Aid – www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/program_overview/
National Alliance on Mental Illness – www.NAMI.org
National Institute of Mental Health – www.nimh.nih.gov
Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) – www.samhsa.gov/ or www.disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/
American Psychological Association (APA) – www.apa.org/
To read more about Carolyn Morman, click here to read the article that features her journey in the latest issue of Monarch’s semi-annual newsletter Reaching Dreams.