Mental Health America of the Heartland - April  2017 eNewsletter
 

Did you know April is National Stress Awareness Month? Stress is not a fun thing to think about and sometimes just thinking about stress and all of the things you're stressing out about can lead to-- you guessed it!-- MORE stress! 

It's important to know that stress is a natural part of life. We all know what stress feels like but it is also hard to define because it means different things to different people.

Stress can be both physical and mental.
  • You may feel physical stress as the result of too much to do, not enough sleep, a poor diet, or the effects of an illness. Physical stress can manifest itself as increased blood pressure, heart rate, respiration, or metabolism.
     
  • You may feel mental stress when you worry about money, a loved one's illness, retirement, or experience an emotionally devastating event. When you're stressed you can feel out of control of your emotions and may not know how to handle them.

How do I know if I am suffering from stress?

Every person handles stress differently. Some people actually seek out situations which may appear to be stressful to others! A major life decision might be overwhelming for some people, while others may welcome the change. Some find sitting in traffic too much to tolerate, while others take it in stride. The key is determining your personal tolerance levels for stressful situations.

Taking a Stress Screener can be helpful in determining your level of stress and if you need to take further action on your symptoms.

Stress can also be positive!

Positive stress is called  eustress  and is short-term.  Eustress  can motivate and focus your energy, feel exciting, is perceived as being inside of our coping abilities, and can improve performance.  Distress  is the negative stress we need to monitor and look out for.  Distress  can be short- or long-term, feels unpleasant, decreases performance, is perceived as being outside of our coping abilities, and can lead to mental and physical problems.
As always, make sure to talk with your friends or family or call our Compassionate Ear Warmline if you need someone to talk to about how you're feeling. You can also reach MHAH's Information and Referral services Monday through Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm if you have further questions about mental health and local resources.

We wish you a wonderful April
and a happy first full month of spring!


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You're Invited!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Reardon Convention Center | 8:00-9:00am
Networking & Socializing beginning at 7:30am

Please join us at our second annual Saved by the Bell fundraising breakfast!

The event is free to attend and you will hear about many of the ways we fulfill our mission throughout the Kansas City area from prominent members of our organization in addition to stories directly from our clients.


Want to learn more about MHAH? Attend a  Road to Hope  event! At these free, one-hour presentations you will learn about our mission and the programs and services we offer to the community.

Road to Hope events take place in our conference room ( 739 Minnesota Ave, KCK) and our March dates are listed below. If you have a group that may want to learn more about MHAH, we can also come to you at the time and place of your choosing.

Contact Whitney at wjustice@mhah.org or 913-281-2221 (ext. 111) for more information or to RSVP.

4:00-5:00pm
6:00-7:00pm
12:30-1:30pm

We also have many educational presentations and opportunities for CEUs. Visit our website for a full list of upcoming events.
Mental Health America of the Heartland is dedicated to promoting the mental health of the community, and improving the quality of life of persons with mental illness, through advocacy, education and support.

913.281.2221 |  info@mhah.org |  www.mhah.org

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