May is Mental Health Month 2019

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.  So much of what we do physically impacts us mentally – it’s important to pay attention to both your physical health and your mental health, which can help you achieve overall wellness and set you on a path to recovery.

This May, Families First is expanding its focus from 2018 and raising awareness about
the connection between physical health and mental health, through the theme #4Mind4Body. 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.

Animal Companionship

The company of animals – whether as pets or service animals – can have a profound impact on a person’s quality of life and ability to recover from illnesses.  A pet can be a source of comfort and can help us to live mentally healthier lives.


Finding humor in the circumstances of life can lift moods with laughter and help people to better deal with and overcome difficult experiences.

Social Connection and Recreation

Finding other people to relate to and doing things that bring you enjoyment are great ways to improve your mood and overal mental health.

Work Life Balance

Work allows you to provide for yourself and your family while also serving a purpose in the community, but when it takes over your life, it can negatively affect your health. 


Regardless of whether you rely on meditation, yoga or religion, caring for your soul is an important part of taking care of yourself that can improve physical and mental health along the way. It is important to connect with your spiritual side in order to find that mind-body connection.

 More Resouces

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. When dealing with dueling diagnoses, focusing on both physical and mental health concerns can be
daunting – but critically important in achieving overall wellness.

For more information, visit Mental Health America.