That is why in 2019 Mental Health America is expanding upon last year’s theme of 4Mind4Body and taking it to the next level, as we explore the topics of animal companionship, spirituality and religion, humor, work-life balance, and recreation, and the intersection of chronic conditions and mental health.“Mental Health America says it is important to really look at your overall health, both physically and mentally, to achieve wellness,” said CMHC Executive Director Tom Talbot. “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 the body.”Mental Health America has developed a series of fact sheets, available on the organization’s website at www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may, to help people understand how their lifestyle affects their health. A variety of other resources about mental health is available on Mental Health America’s website.“We know that living a healthy lifestyle is not always easy, but it can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on these successes. Find the balance between work and play, the ups and downs of life, physical health and mental health, can help you on the path toward focusing both 4Mind4Body,” said Mr. Talbot.About half of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health disorder sometime in their lives, with first onset typically occurring in childhood or adolescence. Most people have supports that allow them to succeed – home, family, friends, school, and work. Intervening effectively during early stages of illness can save lives and put individuals living with mental illnesses on the path to recovery.CMHC uses a network of facilities in Batesville, Brookville, Lawrenceburg, St. Leon and Vevay to provide services in the region. The Center offers an array of services, including outpatient counseling, substance use disorder services, inpatient hospitalization, community and school-based services, employment services, and housing services for individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses. CMHC employs professional staff, from case managers to psychiatrists, to provide these services.If you, or a friend or a neighbor, are dealing with depression, anger, stress, substance use problems or addiction, grief, or another mental health issue, please contact CMHC at (812) 537-1302, or visit our website at www.cmhcinc.org to find an office near you. Emergency services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling (812) 537-1302, or toll-free at 1-877-849-1248.All CMHC services are provided without regard to race, religion, disability, gender, color, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political belief, status as a veteran, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Lawrenceburg, In. —When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, sometimes it can be a lot to handle. It is 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 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 America’s materials were seen by more than 30 million people, with more than 16,000 entities downloading MHA’s toolkit for Mental Health Month.Community Mental Health Center, Inc., Lawrenceburg, and Mental Health America encourage you to learn about #4Mind4Body. Mental Health Month calls attention to strategies and approaches that can help everyone achieve good health. Information is available on Mental Health America’s website at www.mentalhealthamerica.net.A healthy lifestyle may help prevent onset of or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic problems. 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.