Did you know that 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness? Did you know that 1 in 5 children ages 13-18 have, or will have, a serious mental illness? Mental illness is more common than you might think, and illness can range from a mood disorder like depression to more serious illnesses like schizophrenia.

In recognition of Mental Health Month, Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services reminds you that mental health is just as important as physical health. We want to help you maintain good mental health with a few easy tips:

  • Exercise regularly. Try to find a half hour each day to exercise. It could be going to the gym, for a brisk walk, riding a bike, or playing outside with your family or a pet.
  • Eat healthy. What you eat affects your physical and mental health. Eating healthy can help boost your energy, counteract the impact of stress on your body and affect mood-related body chemicals.
  • Get some sleep. Getting enough sleep can help protect your mental. Lack of sleep can have a significant effect on your mood and behavior. Most adults should be getting an average of 7-8 hours of sleep a night,
  • Experiment with a new recipe, craft or project. Creative expression can help boost your mood. In addition you might have a new piece of décor, new recipe to try or a gift to give someone.
  • Prepare for the week. Help alleviate some of your everyday stress by preparing meals for the week ahead of time. Also try picking out your clothes for the week on the weekend.
  • Send a thank you note. Has someone done something nice for you recently or gone out of their way to help you? Let them know that you appreciate them and their actions by sending a handwritten thank you note.

If you or a loved one needs help, call 800-204-8600 today for a free mental health consultation.