by Lorien Nettleton ~ October 5th, 2012
The Mental Health Board and the Alcohol and Addiction Substance Abuse Advisory Boards will meet in Talkeetna over three days to gather input from citizens, officials and community members about how the system works, and how it can be improved. KTNA’s Lorien Nettleton has more:
The Alaska Mental health Board and Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse has initiated a Sound Mind, Sound Bodies campaign to help spread well-being in communities throughout Alaska. From their website:
“Sound Minds in Sound Bodies” is a new campaign encouraging Alaskans to take five simple steps to improve their mental health. Strong social connections, regular physical activity, being attentive and aware of the world around us, lifelong learning, helping and sharing with others — all help promote well-being.
The boards invite Alaskans to take five simple steps over eight weeks. Research has found these actions effectively build the resiliency that helps people reduce or avoid serious mental health and substance abuse problems. Each step has examples.
• Connect with friends and family.
• Send a postcard
• Read the same book your child or friend is reading
• Help someone with a project – shoveling their driveway, organizing old photos or making dinner for friends
• Move your body 30 minutes a day. Go for a walk
• Sign up for the AMHB and ABADA President’s Active Lifestyle Challenge group at http://www.presidentschallenge.org/ (group number 96386)
• Go sledding, skiing or skating
• Be mindful of your experiences, in the world and inside.
• Write in a journal
• Send a letter to the editor
• Learn something new, take a class, or dust off an old skill set.
• Take dance lessons
• Learn a new language
• Get out a project you have half-done and finish it
• Give to your community or someone in need by volunteering or sharing with others.
• Shovel a neighbor’s driveway. Help at a soup kitchen. Pick up a piece of litter – recycle it if possible!