Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. The mind and body share a strong connection, and your physical pain can lead to mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, stress, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental health problems.
Mental health is a level of emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and behave, and can affect your daily life, relationships and your physical health.
The Brain Event
The Brain Event, June 26-27, is a conference for anyone interested in learning about brain trauma and its effects on cognitive processes and dyslexia. Topics discussed will be "3 Trauma and its effects on cognitive processes" as well as "3 Emotions: How to identify them, regulate them, and what happens to our thinking and learning when there is trouble with them." The event will be at the Pearl of the Concho Inn and Suites.
For more information and directions, click here.
Healing Hearts Memory Care Support Group
Memory Care Support Group is an opportunity for friends, family, caregivers and those living with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia to meet for mutual emotional support and to exchange coping skills specific to the disease. The group is a supported support group of the Alzheimer's Association.
The group gathers the first Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Sagecrest Alzheimer's Care Center at Baptist Retirement Community, 438 E. Houston Harte Frontage Road. The support group is free of charge, and lunch is provided.
For more information, call 325-481-7510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home blood pressure monitoring project
According to the American Heart Association the connection between mental health and heart health is not just behavioral, but research shows there could be physiological connections, too. Anxiety, depression or stress, for example, can lead people to make unhealthy lifestyle choices such as smoking, drinking or overeating, which can result in an increase in blood pressure.
The purpose of the guide is to improve blood pressure control among people through home blood pressure monitoring. This guide will help people understand what blood pressure is, how it affects them, tools to achieving control rates and how to measure their blood pressure at home. Learn more about what blood pressure is and how you can control it.
Ready to quit? Smoking causes harm to almost every organ in your body. Besides causing cancer, heart and respiratory diseases, smoking causes poor physical performance. Smoking decreases oxygen that your heart, lungs and muscles need which causes fatigue, loss of strength, shortness of breath and increased heart rate. Research has also shown that people who smoke are more likely to develop mental illnesses, feel depressed, have suicidal thoughts, or use more drugs and alcohol, all which can make mental health worse.
A free smoking cessation app has been developed by the University of Texas. Ask Advise Refer resources are free and available to help patients be successful in their attempt to quit Tobacco. Ask Advise Refer resources encompass all the ways to refer a patient to the Texas Quitline, which is funded by the Department of State Health Services. Click here for more information.
You can also download the “Texas Quitline” and “Help to Quit” apps now. These applications enable healthcare professionals in the state of Texas to refer patients to the official Texas Tobacco Quitline
Links and Resources
If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental health condition, below are some links to local organizations and help lines in our region that can help.
Submit items for this page to Healthy Communities Coordinator Kristyn Ward.