May is Mental Health Month: Pathways to Wellness

Pathways to Wellness is this year’s theme for May is Mental Health Month, and calls attention to strategies and approaches that help all Americans achieve wellness and good mental and overall health.

“Wellness is essential to living a full and productive life,” said Cathy Pilone, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, Mental Health Services Vice President and Administrator at Christian Health Care Center (CHCC) in Wyckoff. “And mental health is an essential component of overall health and well-being. The fact is our overall well-being is tied to the balance that exists between our emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental health.”

Everyone is at risk of stress given the demands it brings and the challenges at work and at home. But there are steps that maintain well-being to help everyone achieve wellness. These include a balanced diet, regular exercise, enough sleep, a sense of self-worth, development of coping skills, and connection to family, friends, and the community.

“Just as we check our blood pressure and get cancer screenings, it’s a good idea to take stock of our emotional well-being,” said Ms. Pilone. “One recent study said


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everyone should get their mental health checked as often as they get a physical, and many doctors routinely screen for mental health, which typically include a series of questions about lifestyle, eating and drinking habits, and mental wellness. While conditions like depression are common, they are extremely treatable. Roughly one in five Americans has a mental-health condition.”

May is Mental Health Month was started 64 years ago to raise awareness about mental-health conditions and the importance of mental wellness for everyone. CHCC embraces the concept of May is Mental Health Month, but as a health-care facility providing a broad range of mental-health services, and founded as the first psychiatric hospital in New Jersey, CHCC is committed to raising awareness about the importance of mental-health issues and breaking down the stigma surrounding mental-health issues.

CHCC provides a broad continuum of high-quality, compassionate care, offering superior mental-health, elder-care, residential living, and rehabilitation services. As a non-profit organization, we deliver care to our community based upon the Christian principles on which we were founded more than a century ago.

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