During Mental Health Month each May, as a therapist, I often wonder about how individuals, in these stressful times, live their life “well”. As a former Patient Educator and Counselor working in a family practice setting, emphasis was placed on patients-children, parents, families, couples, singles, and older adults-regarding prevention and living life in “wellness” as much as was possible. Certain “anticipatory guidances” were accessessed for each age group, information gathered, to help the patients learn more about both medical and mental “wellness”. Today, as I have been reviewing information about “mental wellness” recent data from various research sources, it has been determined that 1 in 4 adults in the US struggle with a treatable mental health disorder which is about 60 million people. From the Mental Health America Website and their research, these individuals, those 1 in 4, can be a family member, a friend, a veteran, or a co-worker may have anxiety, depression, stress related disorders, ADHD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD-an anxiety disorder), problems with sleep, substance abuse problems, alcoholism, or other problems affecting not only their lives, but those with whom they work, live, or associate with each day.
Take a moment to look at these various sites, take some screenings to see if you are struggling with stress, problems sleeping, balancing work and life, relationship problems, depression, anxiety, or other problems that may be affecting not only your life, but someone you may know at work, at home, in your community, or neighborhood. Our practice can provide guidance in mental wellness, stress reduction, psychoeducation about mental health disorders, and mental health therapy. Call our office at (843) 652-5532 to discuss your options. At KLF Counseling & Consulting, PA resources can be utilized to help you work on the necessary 10 tools for Wellness. These tools are:
The 10 Tools
These proven tools can help you feel stronger and more hopeful. Check out each page for specific, easy-to-follow tips.
- Connect with others
- Stay positive
- Get physically active
- Help others
- Get enough sleep
- Create joy and satisfaction
- Eat well
- Take care of your spirit
- Deal better with hard times
- Get professional help if you need it
Some Basic Resources for Mental Wellness:
Take a screener to check your stress level: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/llw/stressquiz.html
More about stress: http://stress.about.com/
Creating Joy and Satisfaction: http://www.liveyourlifewell.org/go/live-your-life-well/joy
Here to Help: A Screener for Support http://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/skills/module3#survey
For depression, anxiety, mood disorders, or PTSD, you may visit the practice FREE on-line screening website to see if you or someone you know has symptoms that may need evaluated and treated. You may visit,
to take the confidential screening, take the results, if positive, to your local primary care provider or mental health professional for further evaluation and possible treatment.
Have a Healthy and Well May, 2011!!!!!