May is Mental Health Month, a time to better understand how important mental health is to your overall health. OSF Healthcare Saint Anthony’s Health Center is calling on the community to recognize the Mind-Body connection. Much of what we do physically impacts us mentally; and stressful emotions play a major role in triggering physical illness.
“Just as we visit the doctor for a regular physical checkup, it’s also important to check in on our mental health and emotional well-being.” said Susanne Ringhausen, LCPC, Manager of OSF Saint Anthony’s Psychological Services and Employee Assistance. One in five American adults are living with a diagnosable, treatable mental health condition. Taking time for personal self-care may help prevent mild concerns from becoming more serious. Susanne suggests asking yourself what you have done this week to take care of your physical, social, emotional, or spiritual needs. If your answer is ‘nothing’, make a pact to attend to your need for life balance.
During the month of May, OSF Saint Anthony’s is sponsoring the following events to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month:
A Healthy Workplace Event - Great Minds at Work: Mental Health in the Workplace. This free luncheon presentation, designed for employers including health, insurance and other professionals, is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15 , from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony’s Health Center, Perpetual Help Center Conference Room, 1 Saint Anthony’s Way, Alton. Speakers, Susanne Ringhausen and Shannon Walker, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Program Supervisor, will discuss common mental health issues, workplace impact, access to care, and practical tips to prevent burnout and promote positive well-being. To register for the program, click here.
On Wednesday May 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., OSF Clinical Therapist, Lea Anne Varble, LCSW, will present a Healthy Learning Lecture at United Methodist Village entitled: The Resilient and Amazing You: Keeping Stress in Check. The program is open to the community and will be held at 5201 Asbury Ave., Godfrey Illinois.
Free Screenings for Depression and Anxiety are available to the public on Tuesday May 28, at OSF Healthcare Saint Anthony’s Psychological Services, located at OSF Saint Clare’s Medical Office Building, 815 East 5th St., Suite 101, Alton. Appointments are preferred but walk-ins may be accepted, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To schedule a confidential adult screening, please call (618) 474-6240.
Finding the right balance of exercise, nutrition, sleep, and stress reduction helps to keep us both physically and mentally healthy. OSF Saint Anthony’s Psychological Services offers confidential outpatient counseling provided by experienced and trained mental health professionals who specialize in treatment for stress, anxiety, depression, family issues, and other life concerns. Counseling is available for adults, adolescents and children ages 6+.
For more information about OSF Saint Anthony’s Psychological Counseling Services, please call (618) 474-6240.