Support Mental Health
Mark your calendars! The 1st Annual Mind Your Health 5K Run/Walk is on October 6, 2012.
Exercise is fundamental to your overall health. It can improve your mood by decreasing stress, anger, and tension. Learn more about how staying physically active can help you live your life well.
Come out and support Mental Health America in our 1st Annual 5K Run/Walk and Mind Your Health! We hope to see you there.
Registration for this event is now open! Click here to register. Please encourage your family and friends to join you. The more the merrier!
Sponsorship and Fundraising Opportunities
For more information, please visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/mindyourhealth5k.
Mental Health and Obesity
MHA staff recently conducted a review of the literature related to obesity and mental illness, synthesizing the existing research. The review focused primarily on issues related to adults but also included a brief description of childhood obesity issues. Special concerns related to individuals with serious mental illnesses were a primary focus of the review. There is an especially high prevalence of obesity among those with serious mental illnesses, which is related to excess morbidity and mortality in this population. Side effects from psychiatric medications are a major contributing factor to weight gain and obesity in this population. Treatment interventions were found to fall into one of three categories; behavioral (lifestyle change), surgery, and pharmacological. The review concludes with a discussion of the policy implications of the issue, describing policies that support the prevention, early identification, and treatment of obesity for individuals with serious mental illnesses, including several provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
Mental Health America's Advocacy Network is a powerful voice for change that is made up of thousands of individuals nationwide who take an active role in protecting America's mental health through legislative advocacy. Take Action!
Find an Affiliate
With our 240 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation—everyday and in times of crisis. Our Affiliates provide:
Direct access to a broad range of self-help and professional recovery support for people facing mental health challenges.
Housing and supported employment for adults with severe mental illnesses or referrals to services.
Easy access to comprehensive mental health screenings which enable individuals to identify a need for help.
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With over a century of advocacy, public education, and the delivery of programs and services, Mental Health America is the country's leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives.
The 2012 National Zarrow Symposium & Mental Health America Annual Conference Agenda is now available! Choose break-out sessions from ten exciting tracks. Register now - early bird rates expire on September 5th!