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Tuesday Thoughts for May 3, 2011-Your Mind Matters (Vol.3, Iss.1)

Mental Health America

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Your Mind Matters

May is recognized as Mental Health Month.  For the last 52 years Mental Health America has championed the cause  of raising awareness of the effects of mental illness and offering resources. Mental Health America has two themes they are focusing on for this years month of awareness: Do More for 1 in 4 is a call to action to help the 1 in 4 American adults who live with a diagnosable, treatable mental health condition and the fact that they can go on to live full and productive lives. Live Well! It’s Essential for Your Potential, focuses on the importance of mental wellness and the steps everyone can take to improve their well-being and resiliency in the face of difficult times and challenges. Mental Health America’s Live Your Life Well program offers ten science-based tools to manage stress and help you relax, grow and flourish. http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/may. As the emphasis is placed on matters of the mind, know that your mind matters.

Mental health and mental illness has a stigma that makes most people not want to address the growing needs of those carrying the burden of mental conditions. Unfortunately, Hollywood and media have made mental illnesses like Bipolar disorder, Alzheimer’s Disease, Depression, Obsessive-compulsive Disorder, and, Post Tramatic Stress Disorder, and Schizophrenia just some passing phase or a reason to explain away bad behaviors or extreme activities.

Mental illness is real and has creeped into every element of our society. Now more than ever, the climate of economic recession and downturns, stress and uncertainty is causing a rise in mental health issues. As the needs of those with mental health increases,  so should the desire of others to understand and become more tolerate. Everyone can take the time to gain some knowledge on why a person is acting a bit out of sorts, or engaging in a conversation with oneself or when people appear to have “checked out”, there is an underlying reason to explain their behavior.

Do you realize that your mind matters? A well and healthy mind makes you productive, proactive, and provide a place where your mind can live, grow, and share. Your mind matters because it serves as the incubator for your hopes, dreams, and thoughts. Your mind matters because what starts in the mind, is seen through the eyes, heard in the ears, smelt in the nostrils, tasted  in your mouth, and felt in your touch. Your mind matters because it leads the way for your interaction and reaction with the world and the people around you.

Exercise your mind by finding out more about Mental Health during the month of May. Learning about the signs and symptoms of mental illness can be useful for you, family, friends and coworkers.  A long-standing slogan for the United Negro College Fund is, “a mind is a terrible thing to waste”. This slogan speaks volumes to the how you should value and hold your mind in high regard. Your mind matters so make it your goal to share your mind and all it encompasses with all people you encounter in this journey called life.


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