Health & Safety

May 9, 2014

Mental Health Awareness Month: Mental wellness central to health, well-being

Tags:
Maj. COREY CHRISTOPHERSON
56th Fighter Wing Psychological Health director

Mental-health-logo
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the 2014 theme is “Mind Your Health.”

It was 65 years ago that Mental Health America designated May as Mental Health Month to raise awareness about mental illnesses and the importance of mental wellness for all.

The goal this year is to communicate to all Americans that mental wellness is central to overall health and well-being. MHA has 2 objectives. The first is to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the preventive factors and benefits for mind and body. The second is to build broad public recognition around the role of mental health to overall health.

Wellness is defined as “an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence,” according to the National Wellness Institute.

The pathway to wellness can include improving or maintaining good physical health, budgeting and saving money, creating healthy relationships, engaging in rewarding activities, getting rest and relaxation, being mindful of how much we have to be grateful for, making and keeping good, positive friendships, participating in and taking care of the community, and finding and living via your authentic self (i.e. living with purpose, values and meaning).

All of these wellness themes can be found and even simplified by following the U.S. Air Force Airmen Comprehensive Fitness Program which consists of each Airman taking care of their mental, social, spiritual and physical well-being.

Everyone should take this mental health awareness month as an opportunity to develop their own comprehensive fitness program.

Start by making a list of realistic and desired short-term, mid-term and long-term goals for each of the four categories. Luke Air Force Base has subject matter experts in each category help Airmen identify, implement and achieve each of these goals. By achieving these goals Luke Airmen can make a better Air Force and attain a better quality of life for everyone through improved overall fitness and well-being.

Resources to help Airmen achieve comprehensive fitness goals at Luke AFB are the mental health clinic at 623-856-7579, the 56th FW Chapel at 623-856-6211, the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 623-856-6550, the health and wellness center at 623-856-5902, fellow wingmen, unit fitness managers, unit resiliency trainers and the Air Force portal.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Luke welcomes Nurse Advice Line

Remember that moment? The moment you thought you had something medically wrong with you but didn’t know exactly what it was? After a few Web searches, you find yourself on WebMD and are questioning whether you have the least worrying of possible diagnoses or the worst — cancer or even death. To help patients save...
 
 
141020-SMSgt-Shelly-Bailey-8x10-DW

Path to inspirational leadership evolving skillset

Senior Master Sgt. Shelly Bailey At some point in our Air Force career we will assume a leadership role. Leadership is an ever-evolving skillset that you will continue to develop throughout the course of your career. The highes...
 
 

Bridges: build, don’t burn

Have you heard the phrase “don’t burn your bridges?” This idiom is used to describe the importance of not ending a relationship on a bad note. In this case, the relationship is your military career. For example, when you build professional relationships you are networking or laying the foundation for the building of a bridge....
 

 
141008-F-HT977-005

Unaccompanied housing to be upgraded

Funds have arrived from Air Education and Training Command for unaccompanied housing to use to take care of Airmen in the dorms, from reconstruction of dorms to fixing a door knob. “With these funds we are able to maintain do...
 
 

News Briefs October 24, 2014

Notice to claimants In accordance with Air Force Instruction 34-511, paragraph 3.1.5, notice is hereby given that Airman 1st Class Wheeler Nichols is deceased. The undersigned has been appointed summary court officer for the purpose of estate settlement in accordance with AFI 34-511. All persons having claims for or against the estate should call Lt....
 
 
Senior Airman Grace Lee

New honorary commanders inducted

Senior Airman Grace Lee Honorary commanders chat with Luke Air Force Base leaders Oct. 17 during social hour in Hangar 431 at Luke Air Force Base prior to their official induction ceremony. The honorary commander program partne...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin