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May: National Mental Health Month
May 8, 2007, Volume 53, No. 33

More than one in four Americans describe themselves as “super stressed,” according to Mental Health America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people live mentally healthier lives. Feeling stressed often results from struggling to find a work/life balance among professional, family and social commitments. Poor mental health can affect concentration, make individuals feel irritable or depressed, and harm personal and professional relationships. These feelings also manifest physically, resulting in a weakened immune system and even increasing risk for heart disease.

May is National Mental Health Month, a health observance that focuses the nation’s attention on promoting mental health and improving access to treatment for people with mental illnesses. The National Mental Health Association, the lead sponsor of Mental Health Month, offers mental health tips to help both at work and at home. See http://pennhealth.com/feature/may07/tip.html.

Almanac - May 8, 2007, Volume 53, No. 33