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Lincoln— People diagnosed with serious mental health and substance abuse conditions die decades earlier than the general population due to conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, according to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
“But wellness is more than just physical,” said Scot L. Adams, director of the Division of Behavioral Health at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. “Wellness means overall well-being. It’s having a healthy body, living environment, quality relationships, resiliency, happiness and a purpose in life.”
“People with a behavioral health condition can take steps toward total wellness,” said Carol Coussons de Reyes, administrator of the DHHS Office of Consumer Affairs. “Exercise, a good diet, meditation, art, spending more time with family and friends—all these things can have a positive impact.”
To find resources to reach or maintain wellness, you can contact the Office of Consumer Affairs helpline at 1-800-836-7660. They can connect you with a peer support and wellness specialist who can help. You can also call a regional consumer specialist on this list: http://1.usa.gov/1onTc90
for help or information. Resources are also available on the Network of Care website at www.dhhs.ne.gov/networkofcare