Category: NEC NEWS

Heat Related Illness

WARNING

POTENTIAL FOR HEAT RELATED ILLNESS

TO PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATION USER

Individuals with behavioral health conditions taking psychotropic medications are at an increased risk for heatstroke and other heat related illnesses.
Children and older adults are more affected by elevated temperatures.

Be on the alert  – for yourself, friends, neighbors and others – to:

  • changes in level of consciousness
  • red, hot skin that can be either dry or moist
  • cool, moist, pale, flushed or ashen/gray skin
  • headache, nausea, dizziness, confusion
  • rapid or shallow breathing
  • weakness, exhaustion
  • high body temperature above 102 degrees

Methods to prevent heat related illnesses include:

  • drinking plenty of fluids
  • wearing sunscreen
  • staying indoors in air conditioning when possible
  • wearing loose, light colored clothing when outside

Northeastern Center’s medical staff can provide additional information and education.  Please speak to one of our nurses, doctors, nurse practitioners or medical assistants if you have any questions.  If you or a loved one appears to be suffering from a heat related illness, such as heatstroke, go to your closest emergency room as soon as possible.

 

 

May is Mental Health Month

Do You Focus on #4Mind4Body?

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. So much of what we do physically impacts us mentally – it’s important to pay attention to both your physical health and your mental health, which can help you achieve overall wellness and set you on a path to recovery.

Did you know that Mental Health America (MHA) founded May is Mental Health Month back in 1949? That means this year marks MHA’s 70th year celebrating Mental Health Month!

This May is Mental Health Month Northeastern Center is expanding its focus from 2018 and raising awareness about the connection between physical health and mental health, through the theme #4Mind4Body. We are exploring the topics of animal companionship, spirituality and religion, humor, work-life balance, and recreation and social connections as ways to boost mental health and general wellness.

A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. It can also help people recover from these conditions. For those dealing with a chronic health condition and the people who care for them, it can be especially important to focus on mental health. When dealing with dueling diagnoses, focusing on both physical and mental health concerns can be daunting – but critically important in achieving overall wellness.

There are things you can do that may help. 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. The company of animals – whether as pets or service animals— can have a profound impact on a person’s quality of life and ability to recover from illnesses. A pet can be a source of comfort and can help us to live mentally healthier lives. And whether you go to church, meditate daily, or simply find time to enjoy that cup of tea each morning while checking in with yourself – it can be important to connect with your spiritual side in order to find that mind-body connection.

Northeastern Center wants everyone to know that mental illnesses are real, and recovery is always the goal. Living a healthy lifestyle may not be easy but can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes. 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.

For more information, visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may.