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May 8 2014
Stress and Mental Health

Work, finances, illness, relationships — all of these things can cause stress and can affect our physical and mental health.

Research has shown that the strain from chronic stress can lead to health problems, including high blood pressure, depression, heart disease and more.

Although everyone has a certain amount of stress in their lives, the way that it affects our bodies varies by individual. While one person could experience headaches from his or her stress, another could experience sleeplessness, anger or even digestive problems.

The National Institute of Mental Health offers suggestions on how to deal with your stress in a positive way to help your overall health:

  • Get medical attention for existing or new health problems
  • Find a qualified mental health provider if you are feeling like you are overwhelmed, cannot cope, have suicidal thoughts or are using drugs or alcohol to cope
  • Surround yourself with those who can provide emotional and other support, such as friends, family and community resources

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, our Behavioral Health Services department is hosting events throughout the day on Wednesday, May 28 to raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues.

Behavioral Health Services staff will be dedicating a butterfly bush in the hospital's meditation garden at 12:45 p.m., and a Behavioral Health Information Fair will take place in the hospital’s main lobby from 2 to 4 p.m., featuring hospital and community providers of mental health and addiction treatment services in the community.

The dedication and the information fair are free and open to the public. We hope you can join us to learn more about mental health care and the services available in our community.


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