• Mariela Salgado

May is 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 wellbeing, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.

May is Mental Health Month was started 70 years ago by Mental Health America to raise awareness about mental health, reduce the stigma of mental illness and promote healthy habits to achieve the overall wellness of our mental and physical state.

Julia Sauceda, LPC, a counselor at Community Health Network, describes mental health as a reduction in anxiety and stress to where it is not interrupting daily functioning. "The problem is the stigma surrounding mental health. People tend to be scared about what people will think when considering receiving mental health services, but we all need help sometimes," said Julia, LPC. "Your mental health is more important than anything and your state of wellbeing since it can affect things such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, headaches, and even affect your teeth."

Maintaining a healthy mental state may not be as easy as it sounds. Still, it can be achieved by gradually making small changes, including, finding a reason to laugh, exercising, playing with a pet, sleeping a full eight hours, working from home once a week or even disconnecting from your smart devices can go a long way in making you both physically and mentally healthy.

Community Health Network wants everyone to know that mental illnesses are real, and recovery is always the goal. Our health centers are committed to finding solutions that meet our patients' and our community's needs. Here are some of the services that we offer:

  • Adult and adolescent groups

  • Adult and adolescent psychiatric services

  • Summer group sessions and activities

  • Adult and adolescent counseling services

  • Substance abuse group sessions

  • Free smoking cessation support group

"CHN is a team of professionals made up of counselors, care coordinators, and psychiatrists working together to get our patients where they need to be," concluded Julia. "We respect that you are the expert of your own story, we would like to provide you with a comfortable, judgment-free space to say it."

To learn more, please visit us at www.mychn.org. To make an appointment with our team of mental health professionals, please call us at 281-824-1480.