Raising awareness for mental health


“Pathways to Wellness,” this year’s theme for “May is Mental Health Month,” calls attention to strategies and approaches that help all Americans achieve wellness and good mental and overall health.

“Wellness is essential to living a full and productive life” said Paula Vickery, Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN-Rx). “We may have different ideas about what wellness means, but it involves a set of skills and strategies to prevent the onset or shorten the duration of illness and promote recovery and well-being. It’s about keeping healthy as well as getting healthy.”

It has long been said that wellness is more than the absence of disease.

“It involves complete general, mental and social well-being. And mental health is an essential component of overall health and well-being. The fact is our overall well being is tied to the balance that exists between our emotional, physical, spiritual and mental health,” said Vickery.

She said everyone is at risk of stress, given the demands life brings and the challenges at work and at home. But there are steps that maintain wellbeing and help everyone achieve wellness. These involve a balanced diet, regular exercise, enough sleep, a sense of self-worth, development of coping skills that promote resiliency, emotional awareness, and connections to family, friends and the community.

In tribute to the month, Care Hawaii Inc. is presenting an art exhibit, “Self-discovery through Art,” and spreading the word about why pathways to wellness are so important, at Wailoa Arts & Cultural Center at 200 Piopio St. in Hilo May 3-30.

 

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