Mental Health America of the Heartland - March  2017 eNewsletter
 

Happy March from your friends at Mental Health America of the Heartland! We are excited for the new month so we officially begin the countdown to Spring, which begins on Monday, March 20.

As we enter a new season and reflect on the past few months, you may have noticed (in yourself or your friends, family or colleagues) a sense of the "winter blues." Seasonal depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) typically occurs when the seasons change. Most symptoms begin in the fall and continue into the winter months but they can also occur in the summer or spring, although it is less common.

Symptoms of seasonal depression include: depression, anxiety, mood changes, sleep problems, lethargy, overeating, social problems, and sexual problems. These symptoms arise from the reduced level of sunlight during the fall and winter months which affect your your levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects mood.

What can you do if you're feeling down between seasons?
  • Self-Care - Make sure you are taking care of yourself, eating healthy, and getting enough exercise. Yoga and meditation are great ways to reduce stress while still staying warm inside.
     
  • Light Therapy - Purchase a light therapy box or lamp to keep in your home or office to expose yourself to more light. 
    (If you're buying on Amazon, make sure you are shopping smile.amazon.com and choose MHAH as your nonprofit beneficiary!)
     
  • Counseling/Talk Therapy - Talk to a professional about your symptoms to identify and change negative thoughts and behaviors that may be making you feel worse.
     
  • Medications - If symptoms are severe, antidepressant medication may be necessary. Talk with your doctor if you feel this treatment may be right for you.
If you believe your symptoms go beyond seasonal depression, take an online screening and see your doctor. If you are in crisis or are have suicidal thoughts, contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Remember, you are not in this alone!

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 March
and a happy start to Spring!

IandR
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Kansas State Capitol | 7:30am-2:30pm

Sponsored by the  Kansas Mental Health Coalition
"Speaking with one voice to meet the critical needs of people with mental illness."

Join fellow consumers, family members, providers and advocates to learn about current mental health policy and budget issues and to educate our Kansas Legislators.

Please make your appointments now with your Representative and Senator to meet with them when you come to Topeka.  They need to hear your perspective and concerns about mental health program budgets and policy issues. You will receive more information about how to make appointments after you register.


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
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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