May 2016 is Mental Health Month

Mental Health Month | Lakehouse Recovery Center

Mental illness affects 18.5 percent of American adults in a given year. The National Alliance on Mental Health hosts Mental Health Month during May each year to raise awareness and fight the stigma. This Mental Health Month, show your support by participating in some of the following suggestions.

What You Can Do to Support Mental Health Month

  • Educate yourself and others about mental health and mental illness
  • Share your own experience with mental health to inspire others with a mental health condition to speak up
  • Spread the word by sharing NAMI’s graphics and pre-written Tweets and Facebook statuses
  • Join a NAMIWalks team
  • Take the stigmafree pledge

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Cigarettes Sign of Mental Health Issues

Mental Health | LakehouseRecoveryCenter.comPeople who smoke cigarettes will often claim that lighting up a cigarette relieves stress.  A new study by researchers from the University College London and the British Heart Foundation found that this is not the case and actually what a person is experiencing is early signs of nicotine withdrawal.  By surveying 6 ,500 people, researchers were able to come to the conclusion that smoking cigarettes could be a sign of mental health issues. More than 18% of those surveyed who were smokers also had anxiety or depression, while only 11.3% of ex-smokers and 10% of non-smokers also had those mental health issues. The results of the study suggest that quitting smoking could help improve mental health.

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