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Groups spread positive message during Mental Health Month

Groups spread positive message during Mental Health Month


When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, sometimes it’s a lot to handle. It’s important to remember that mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.

May is Mental Health Month it was started 70 years ago by, Mental Health America, to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. Last year, Mental Health Month materials were seen and used by over 30 million people, with more than 16,000 entities downloading MHA’s tool kit.

A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. It can also help people recover from these conditions. For those dealing with a chronic health condition and the people who care for them, it can be especially important to focus on mental health.

In 2019 we are exploring the topics of animal companionship, spirituality and religion, humor, work-life balance and recreation and social connections as ways to boost mental health and general wellness.

“It is important to really look at your overall health, both physically and mentally, to achieve wellness,” said Betsy Dean, executive director of Durham & Middlefield Youth and Family Services. “Finding a reason to laugh, going for a walk with a friend, meditating, playing with a pet, or working from home once a week can go a long way in making you both physically and mentally healthy – it’s all about finding the right balance to benefit both the mind and body.”

DMYFS free Teen Yoga class, taught by Nancy Ferraro, teaches students to recognize their anxious feelings and how to breathe through them allowing them to relax and feel better.

Mental Health America has developed a series of fact sheets (available at to help people understand how their lifestyle affects their health.

This month, Durham & Middlefield Youth and Family Services and Durham Middlefield Local Wellness Coalition launched a social media campaign of tips to help on the path to positive mental health. Follow the group on Facebook and Instagram.

-- Press Release