May is Mental Health Awareness Month

This Mental Health Awareness Month, Floyd Valley Senior Life Solutions invites you to Look Around and Look Within to learn about how your surroundings can impact mental health. Take a moment to consider where you live. Do you feel safe? Do you have access to health care and grocery stores? Does your environment support you both physically and mentally?

Where a person is born, lives, learns, works, plays, and gathers, as well as their economic stability and social connections, are part of what is called social determinants of health (SDOH). The more these factors work in your favor means you are more likely to have better mental well-being. However, when it seems like the world is working against you, your mental health can suffer.

Mental Health America has a few suggestions on how to do just that.

  • work toward securing safe and stable housing: This can be challenging due to finances, age, and other reasons, but there are a few things you can try, such as reaching out to state/local agencies to secure housing, removing safety hazards in the home, or finding another space (such as a community center or friend’s home) where you can get the comfort you are missing at home.
  • focus on your home: Consider keeping your space tidy, sleep-friendly, and well-ventilated. Surround yourself with items that help you feel calm and positive.
  • create bonds with your neighborhood and community: Get to know the people living around you, join or start neighbors-helping-neighbors groups, and support local businesses to challenge gentrification.
  • connect with nature: Hike in a forest, sit in a city park, bring a plant inside, or keep the shades open to absorb natural light.

The world around us can be both positive and negative – bringing joy and sadness, hope and anxiety.  If you’re taking steps to improve your surroundings but are still struggling with your mental health, you may be experiencing signs of a mental health condition. We encourage you to connect with your healthcare provider or reach out to a member of our team today.

Floyd Valley’s Senior Life Solutionsis designed to meet the unique needs of individuals typically 65 and older experiencing depression and/or anxiety related to life changes that are often associated with aging. If you or someone you know is struggling with a decline in their mental health, our program wants you to know we are here to help. Whether through our program, or another service, our team works to identify and address the emotional needs of those in our community and provide support.

For more information or you or someone you know could benefit from this program, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Call us today at 712-546-3700.