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Prioritizing Mental Health: A Guide for Mental Health Awareness Month

May marks Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to shed light on the importance of mental well-being and to offer support and resources for those who may be struggling. At HAP, we understand that conditions like anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and addiction can significantly impact daily life, affecting not only the individual but also their relationships and ability to function at work or home. However, we want to emphasize that help is available, and no one has to face these challenges alone.

Treatment is Key

It's crucial to recognize that mental illness and addiction are health conditions that are treatable. Just like any other health issue, seeking treatment can make a significant difference in improving one's quality of life. Whether it's finding the right specialist, receiving ongoing support during treatment, or exploring medication options, our dedicated team at Coordinated Behavioral Health Management (CBHM) is here to assist every step of the way.

Expert and Compassionate Care

Our CBHM team comprises licensed professionals with extensive experience in assisting individuals with mental health conditions, addiction, or both. Our master level licensed behavioral health staff is committed to providing compassionate and personalized care to help individuals on their journey to better mental health.

Support Every Step of the Way

We understand that reaching out for help can be daunting, which is why we strive to make the process as seamless as possible. Whether you need assistance in finding a specialist, accessing community resources, or navigating insurance coverage, our team is here to support you. You can reach us by phone during business hours, and for urgent situations, our clinical case managers are available 24/7 to provide immediate assistance.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health

In addition to seeking professional help, individuals can take proactive steps to care for their mental well-being on a daily basis. Here are some self-care practices to consider:

  1. Regular Exercise

     Physical activity is not only beneficial for the body but also for the mind. Engaging in regular exercise releases endorphins, which are natural mood lifters. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week. Activities such as walking, jogging, yoga, or dancing can be enjoyable ways to stay active.
  2. Spend Time Outdoors

    Nature has a calming effect on the mind. Spending time outdoors, whether it's a walk in the park, hiking in the mountains, or simply sitting in a garden, can reduce stress and improve your mood. Make it a habit to get outside and soak up some natural sunlight regularly.
  3. Practice Mindfulness and Meditation

    Mindfulness and meditation techniques can help quiet the mind and promote a sense of inner peace. Dedicate a few minutes each day to mindfulness exercises, such as deep breathing, body scans, or guided meditation. These practices can enhance self-awareness and reduce anxiety.
  4. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

    Eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and avoiding excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption are essential for mental health. Nourishing your body with nutritious foods and prioritizing quality sleep can improve overall well-being.

As we observe Mental Health Awareness Month, let's prioritize our mental well-being and support those who may be struggling. Whether you're facing challenges or know someone who is, remember that help is available, and recovery is possible. Together, let's break the stigma surrounding mental health and foster a community of compassion and support.

For more information and resources, visit or call (800) 444-5755 to speak with a member of our Coordinated Behavioral Health Management team. Remember, you're not alone, and we're here to help.

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