May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

May 13, 2021 | Health Highlights, News, Uncategorized

An article by Joanna Sullivan, MA and Dr. Tonya Warren, Psy. D. 

May is National Mental Health Month, but this will not be an article telling you how much you need us during “these challenging times.”  Times are challenging, true, but that didn’t just start in March 2020.  What we never hear talked about through all of these challenges is the incredible ability of the human spirit to adapt, even to the most trying of circumstances.  This is not to discredit the stress, un-comfortability, and even pain many are experiencing.  But it’s important not to end the story there.

Many of us feel overwhelmed by a sense that the world is out of our control.  We live zoomed out, watching drama and heartache play out on a national (or even global) scale.  The further we zoom out, the smaller and more helpless we feel.  Sometimes too much time looking at the big picture can paralyze us completely.  So what’s the answer?  Should we all unplug permanently?

We have found in our work, and in our own lives, that spending more time zoomed in is the way to counteract hopelessness.  Instead of looking at the big picture, look close to home for an achievable and meaningful goal.  For some, that might be spending time advocating for changes in the local community.  For others, it might be reconnecting with family members who have grown distant.  It can look like mindfulness, observing the present moment without judgment.  It can also look like cleaning and rearranging the living room or finishing a procrastinated outdoor project.  Changing a piece of our own corner of the world, even just a little, is enough to counteract that sense of helplessness and hopelessness.

Self-care is another element we’ve found to be vital to mental health and wellness.  So many times people think that trying harder is the answer when they feel like they’re struggling.  In our experience, when people are struggling, it’s that much more important to take time for self-care.  Connecting with others or taking time to do things we enjoy sends a message to ourselves that we matter.  We’ve never needed to feel that more. 

That being said, self-care might look a little different right now and that’s okay.  It’s important to acknowledge that anything we can do is infinitely better than doing nothing at all.  Take a walk outside even if you can’t go to the gym.  Call a friend even if you can’t meet them for dinner.  Take some time for things you love, even if it’s not as much as you’d like.

Finally, sometimes even the strongest people need some extra support.  If you feel like you’re struggling, you’re not alone.  Reach out to friends and family for support.  Consider spending some time talking to a therapist.  Asking for help isn’t a weakness, just another way to make it through.

 

Mid-State Health Center has announced that its newest primary care office in Lincoln, New Hampshire is now open. The clinic, located at 6 South Mountain Drive will provide top-notch, convenient, and affordable primary care options to the local area.

“We are overjoyed to open our new primary care site in Lincoln and expand our services in the area. This new clinic affords us the opportunity to provide Mid-State’s high-quality primary care services in an area that has, in the past, had limited healthcare services,” said Robert MacLeod, Chief Executive Officer at Mid-State Health Center.

Mid-State Lincoln is accepting patients of all ages and will offer primary care services such as physical examinations, immunizations, and diagnoses and treatment of illness and injuries. The clinic also offers care coordination with other healthcare providers, prescribing medication, and management of chronic conditions, providing a healthcare home model for its patients.

The new clinic is open Monday through Friday, and business hours can be found online at midstatehealth.org. To make an appointment, please call 603-536-4000.

In addition, Mid-State will be hosting a community open house on Thursday, March 2nd from 4 PM to 6 PM where residents and businesses from the local community can tour the new office, meet members of the Mid-State team, learn how to become a new patient, and hear more about the services Mid-State Health Center offers.  A ribbon cutting will take place at 4:15 PM, however, community members are invited to stop by at any point during the event. Light refreshments will be served.

For questions about the open house, Samantha Hooper, Director of Marketing and Communication can be contacted via email at shooper@midstatehealth.org.