May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Many societies are uncomfortable discussing mental health. Unfortunately, this perpetuates a culture of stigma and discrimination towards people with mental health problems. Current statistics show that one in five US adults will face mental illness in their lifetime. Sadly, it is likely that we or someone we know will be affected by mental illness in our lifetimes. The public often lacks awareness of the impact and stigmas toward mental health that affect care. It is important to challenge these stigmas by educating ourselves and raising awareness in our communities.
One of the best ways to contribute to improved mental health, better relationships and healthier communities is to make sure that we are taking care of ourselves. Several research studies looking at the impact of food on mood suggest that dietary changes can play a significant role in mental health. Specifically, highly-processed foods that are high in saturated and trans fats, but low in micronutrients have been associated with poorer mental health outcomes.
Bottom line: Keep the conversation about mental health going. Taking care of your mental health impacts how you feel physically and taking care of your body is important for your health.