Welcome to Mental Health Monthly!
On behalf of WIA and all those who offer counseling and psychological services within this organization, we’d like to welcome you to our new blog. Each month we will invite you to read along as we post about various mental health topics particular to Big Sky and Montana.
We’d like to begin by sharing some definitions of wellness and mental health. How do you define ‘wellness’? Wellness to you might mean getting to spend time with your friends and family. Perhaps you feel well when you put in a hard day’s work and can pay all of your bills. Or maybe you feel well when you’re able to make time to get on the mountain. You might feel balanced when you take some time to be alone. Everyone’s definition of wellness will be just a little different, based on factors such as personality, culture, genetics, stress, and life experiences.
Mental health is a combination of the way we think, what we feel, and how we behave, which varies from person to person. Each of these elements can affect the other to produce changes in our psychological health. Increased stress may cause fluctuations to your sleep and eating patterns. Emotional difficulties in school or at work can result in less engagement with family members. Speaking negatively to ourselves in turn can affect how we feel about ourselves. Depression may even cause physiological pain, even disturbances in our digestion.
Having a good understanding of how you, and those close to you, feel balanced and well can be particularly helpful in detecting changes in mental health. Our goal for this new blog is to provide you with more information on the factors that affect mental health as well as tips and resources that may help you or someone you love.
Take a moment to look at the Wellness Wheel from the National Wellness Institute http://(www.nationalwellness.org). How well do you feel you are doing in each of these areas? Are there one or two areas on which you would like to work in order to feel more balanced? Is there anyone you’d like to share the Wheel with?
If you are in crisis or need to speak to someone immediately, please call 911, reach out to the suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255, or the Help Center in Bozeman at 406-586-3333.