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*this* John W. Hays' take on things and experiences

Mental Health

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Every day. A quest for optimal health is an every day endeavor. Just as I make conscious choices about the food I eat and the exercises I do, I also tend to my mental health every single day.

May is mental health awareness month. Pay attention!

I am eternally grateful for the professional treatment I have received, and the educational information I’ve been given, to successfully resolve a depression that negatively colored my perspective for much of my early life. Today I enjoy the ability to more fully enjoy good moments, and recover much more quickly from bad ones.

Mental illnesses are treatable. They deserve the same healthy attention that our physical illnesses get.

Mental illness deserves to be free of stigma. Learning to be comfortable discussing mental disorders does wonders for both those of us who experience them and those around us who don’t. With a statistic of 1 in 5 Americans affected by a mental health condition, nearly everyone has a connection that deserves attention free of stigma.

Choose health. Optimal health. Mind, body, and soul.

Break the stigma.

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  1. Yep, the strong enduring message I learned from my time in Sweden is that any of us can need help at some time in our lives. We are all here together. That said, living in a country that openly acknowledges ‘that’ is no small thing. Unfortunately, in most parts of the world sadly, this is not the case. But we can surely learn from those that have opened the way to a more healthy abundant sense of humanity and society. If we really understood what this is all about, the quality of our lives would improve ten thousand fold in next to no time.

    Ian Rowcliffe

    May 2, 2019 at 9:36 am


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