The Friday Five – Mental Health Month
Every May since 1949, Mental Health America (@mentalhealtham) and their affiliates across the country have led the observance of Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings. Mental Health America is dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives and to bringing the topic of mental illness out of the shadows. MHA believes our bodies and minds work together and to be truly healthy our whole selves. That’s why this year, the May is Mental Health Month theme is Fitness #4Mind4Body. This week’s Friday Five focuses on the mental health crisis in America, how new technologies are helping and also how you can start improving your mental and physical well being today.
Digital Mental Health Discussion on Healthcare de Jure
This past January, Healthcare Now Radio’s very own Matt Fisher chatted with John Torous, MD (@johntorousmd) from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center about digital health and digital mental health on this episode of Healthcare de Jure. You can catch new episodes of Healthcare de Jure weekdays at 2:00 pm, 10:00 pm, and 6:00 am ET or listen to past episodes on demand.
Bridging the Gap: How Virtual Care Can Help the Mental Health Care Crisis
There is a nationwide shortage of mental health professionals. Patients are faced with wait times for appointments. A recent analysis by the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration estimates that the shortage will become more acute over the next decade. Given the current and future shortage, Virtual care can help address the workforce gap and patient needs for improved access to mental health support.
May is observed as #MentalHealthMonth by Mental Health America (MHA). Given the current and future shortage of #mentalhealth professionals, #Virtualcare can help address the workforce gap and #patient needs for improved access to mental health support. https://t.co/884gPl4ujy
— Synzi (@SynziCare) May 3, 2018
Providing More Access to Mental and Behavioral Health Care
With more than 16 million adults experiencing a major depressive episode each year, it’s important that people understand their treatment options. Today, with smartphone in hand, telehealth and mobile health tools can connect people to the mental and behavioral health care they need. Health insurance providers have embraced telemedicine for mental health.
May is #MentalHealthMonth, and health insurance providers are seeking new ways to help people understand their treatment options and access the care they need. Read about how telemedicine makes mental health care more accessible and affordable. https://t.co/lD0nqaAzhf pic.twitter.com/CDVXJCUWh5
— AHIP (@AHIPCoverage) May 14, 2018
Join Mental Health America and take The #4Mind4Body Challenge which encourages you each day to make small changes – both physically and mentally – to create gains for your overall health and well being. Each day of the week will have a theme for the type of activity the challenge asks you to do, so get ready for #MindfulMonday, #TastyTuesday, #WorkplaceWednesday, #ThoughtfulThursday, #FitnessFriday, #StressFreeSaturday, and #SleepWellSunday – but feel free to do the challenges in whatever order suits you best.
It’s #MentalHealthMonth! We founded May as #MentalHealthMonth back in 1949 and are still going strong. This year, we are raising #awareness of the brain-body connection through #4mind4body challenges. #mhm2018
— MentalHealthAmerica (@MentalHealthAm) May 1, 2018
14 Things You Can Do Every Day To Protect Your Mental Health As You Age
Aging brings you face to face with the loss of loved ones, children leaving the nest and physical changes such as reduced energy levels. These types of events can “give rise to negative emotions such as sadness, anxiety, loneliness and lowered self-esteem,” according to the American Psychological Association. Growing older can also come with a slew of positive changes like the opportunity to travel, more time to spend with grandchildren and the chance to take on a new hobby. Huffpost offers a handful of ways in which you can emotionally support yourself throughout the journey of growing older.
— Phi Kappa Psi HQ (@PhiKappaPsi) May 24, 2018