Mental health is essential to overall well-being

Coastal Health & Wellness recognizes May as Mental Health Awareness Month

Post Date:05/07/2018 3:19 PM

It can be a lot to handle when you, or someone you love, is dealing with a mental health illness, but it’s important to remember mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being. And, illnesses are common and treatable.

So much of what is done physically can impact mental health. Coastal Health & Wellness recognizes May as Mental Health Awareness Month, along with Mental Health America (MHA), with a Fitness #4Mind4Body theme. This year’s theme is a call to pay attention to both physical and mental health, which can help achieve overall wellness and set the path to recovery, according to MHA.

“Healthy lifestyles don’t happen overnight,” said Abdul-Aziz Alhassan, MD, MPH, Coastal Health & Wellness (CHW) medical director. “Taking small steps like being active and eating healthy are steps that add up to big changes. And then you build on those successes.”

CHW offers talk therapy counseling services for patients with mild to moderate mental health conditions.

This May is Mental Health Month, MHA is focused on how a healthy lifestyle may help prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems.

“It’s all connected,” Alhassan said. “How you feel physically impacts you mentally. Having a healthy lifestyle can prevent the onset of or worsening of mental health conditions, not to mention a handful of health problems.”

Getting the appropriate amount of exercise, eating healthy foods that impact your gut health, getting enough sleep and reducing stress all play a hand in being mentally, and physically, healthy while finding the right balance.

This year, MHA is issuing the #4Mind4Body Challenge. Join in completing a small task each day during the month of May and share about it on social media using #4Mind4Body. Learn more at To learn more about counseling services offered at CHW, visit or call 409-938-2234 or 281-309-0255. For more information on May is Mental Health Month, visit MHA’s website at

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