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DCH’s North Harbor Recognizes Mental Health Month


#4Mind4Body Theme Highlights Importance of Work-Life Balance in Achieving Balanced Mental Health

A healthy lifestyle can help prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions and chronic health conditions.

During May, which is Mental Health Month, Mental Health America is sharing their message of #4Mind4Body. MHA has developed a series of fact sheets, available at, to help people understand how their lifestyle affects their health. The fact sheets cover topics of animal companionship, spirituality and religion, humor, work-life balance, recreation, and social connections as ways to boost mental health and general wellness.

North Harbor Pavilion, DCH Health System’s inpatient hospital for those experiencing critical mental health issues, supports Mental Health America in recognizing May is Mental Health Month. May is Mental Health Month was started 70 years ago by Mental Health America to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone.

“It’s important to really look at your overall health, both physically and mentally, to achieve wellness,” said Valerie Alford, Program Director of North Harbor. “Finding a reason to laugh, going for a walk with a friend, meditating, playing with a pet, or working from home once a week can go a long way in making you both physically and mentally healthy. It’s all about finding the right balance to benefit both the mind and body.”

Living a healthy lifestyle is not always easy, but it can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes, according to Alford.

“Finding the balance between work and play, the ups and downs of life, physical health and mental health, can help you on the path towards focusing both #4Mind4Body,” Alford said.

For more information on May is Mental Health Month, visit


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