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Lincoln –On Sunday, October 10, World Mental Health Awareness Day, Nebraskans have the opportunity to focus on one of the most important determinants of overall health: mental health.
World Mental Health Awareness Day is widely celebrate around the world. The event represents a global commitment to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health.
Being mentally healthy includes coping with life, engagement with your family, friends, neighbors, place of work, place of worship, community and making the most of your dreams and goals. Everyone's journey is different.
Everyone has times when we feel down or stressed, maybe even afraid or anxious. Most of the time those feelings will pass, but sometimes - and this can happen to anyone - they persist and can be more serious. Unfortunately, many times people feel alone and feel uncomfortable talking about their mental health or mental health challenges.
“Mental health is just as important as good physical health," said Sheri Dawson, director of the Division of Behavioral Health at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. “On the 10th, please help raise mental health awareness. Ask someone how they are doing or feeling. Ask what your church or community or organization or place of work can do to raise awareness of mental health to ensure people living with mental illness or temporary challenges don't feel alone. You be the one to champion the conversation and decrease the stigma experienced by so many. Help spread the word that you are comfortable with having a conversation and reassure your friends and family that there is help, hope and healing. Rethink mental health and mental illness."
Ways to champion your own mental health, courtesy of Mental Health America:
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