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Don't Leave Your Mind Behind

In this day and time you cannot turn on the television, see a new social media post, or receive a video update alert about the newest way to be "mindful" or create "mindfulness".

But what is a healthy mind? According to Harvard University, the Mayo Clinic, and many others, the definition of a healthy mind is a balanced mental and emotional state which allows a person to be productive during their day, contributing meaningfully to the community they live in.

NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness has a website dedicated to resources for various types of mental health allies in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health has a free toolkit with activities, resources, and instructional videos to help as well, such as "Journaling for Wellness", and "Progressive Muscle Relaxation".

The bottom line, healthy minds do matter, and they start in our own mind. We must make our mental health a priority by utilizing the tools and resources we need to live a more balanced life. We don't skip our heart medication or visits to the physical doctor when we are ill, so why would we leave our mind behind?

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health emergency, call 911. Veterans, active duty and family members can also reach out to the Veterans Crisis Line by calling 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, you can text to 838255, and you can go online and chat too.

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