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Healthy Mind, Healthy Greendale


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The Healthy Mind, Health Greendale workgroup is the newest addition to our Community Health Improvement Plan. Assessment data has shown that mental health ranks as our community's  #1 health priority area. This group is made up of residents, parents, school district representatives, library staff,  Village Trustees, mental health professionals, business owners, first responders, and other individuals dedicated to improving the mental health of all who live, work, play and pray in the Greendale community. Interested in learning more about this group? Contact the health department 414-423-2110, or attend the next meeting on August 5th at 8 AM in the Community Learning Center (lower level of the Greendale Library). All are welcome!

There is and has been a lot going on for all of us. It's OK to not be OK. It's also OK to reach out. You are not alone. ❤️ Together, we are working to end the stigma around mental health and support you, our community members.

2021 statistics from the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) estimate that 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 youth (age 6 - 17) in the U.S. meet criteria for a mental health disorder each year.

Despite how common mental health struggles are, not everyone talks about them or knows how or when to get help. Many people suffer in silence. With the events of the past couple of years, children and youth have especially been struggling.

60 Minutes on CBS News explored the rising rates of depression and suicide among U.S. kids accelerated by the pandemic.  Mental Health Crisis Among U.S. Kids featured youth, families, and healthcare workers in Milwaukee, WI.  Wisconsin has 5th highest increase in adolescent rates of suicide and depression.  Resources for family Mental Health Support

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Free apps for Mental Health and Well-being
 can be downloaded on your smartphone through the Google Play store or Apple App store. 
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The above image displays the icons and descriptions of the following free mental health apps:

Calm: Variety of meditation exercises and relaxing soundtracks organized by topic (stress, anxiety, sleep, focus, etc.).
Happify: Science-based activities and games to overcome worries and stress.
Headspace: Sets of guided meditations aimed at tackling problems related to stress, anxiety, sleeplessness, and relationships.
Heathy Minds: Translates neuroscience into tools for everyday life using mindfulness practices and podcast style lessons.
Insight Timer: Guided meditation app with a variety of mindfulness and meditation practices targeting stress, anxiety, and insomnia.
Recovery Path: Personalized evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies for people struggling with or recovering from substance use.
Ten Percent Happier: Large selection of guided meditations and mindfulness practices.
StopBreathe & Think: Guided meditation and mindfulness.


Want to take care of your mental health and not sure where to start?
Try this mental wellness action and self-care plan





Try these seven strategies for building resilience

These resilience-building practices can help you learn to adapt and recover in the face of adversity.

  • Prioritize healthy relationships: Build a supportive network of people who care about you and spend quality time (even if virtually) with them.
  • Take care of your body: It’s easier to maintain mental and emotional balance when you feel healthy. Make an effort to eat well, get enough sleep, and exercise three or more times a week.
  • Avoid negative outlets: Look for healthy ways to process difficult emotions. Trying to escape these emotions through harmful substance use will create more stress. 
  • Be proactive: We can’t always control our circumstances, but we can take charge of our response. Break problems into manageable tasks and move forward.
  • Practice self-awareness: When stressful events occur, it’s important to take a step back and reflect before we react. It helps to understand where your emotions are coming from before you share them.
  • Learn from the past: Recognize who or what was helpful (or unhelpful) the last time you were in a stressful situation. Remembering other challenges you’ve overcome can help.
  • Ask for help when you need it: Reaching out to family or friends, a health care professional, or a community resource isn’t easy, but knowing how to accept help is a sign of strength.


 
CDC reported statistics among adolescents aged 12-17 years in 2018-2019 reporting on the past year:
  • 15.1% had a major depressive episode
  • 36.7% had persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • 4.1% had a substance use disorder
  • 1.6% had an alcohol use disorder
  • 3.2% had an illicit drug use disorder
  • 18.8% seriously considered attempting suicide
  • 15.7% made a suicide plan
  • 8.9% attempted suicide
  • 2.5% made a suicide attempt requiring medical treatment
Data and Statistics on Children's Mental Health | CDC

Learn more about high-risk substance use among youthLearn more about suicide


Healthy Screen Time in a Digital World
Televisions, smartphones, tablets, computers, and gaming consoles are a common part of daily life for the majority of kids. Since the pandemic began, the use of virtual interactions has increased markedly. At the same time, alarming rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide among children led to the U.S. Surgeon General to issue an Advisory on Protecting Youth Mental Health in December 2021. The more time kids spend on screens, the less time they have for healthy sleep habits, physical activity, and time outdoors, all of which improve well-being.


Mindfulness and Meditation
Try this 3 minute mediation to stay focused by Deepak Chopra.  It can seem quite strange to slow down, listen to someone’s voice, and follow along with the guided mindfulness, but it’s only three minutes! Your mind and body with be refreshed and refocused.