Mental Health Month: Pathways to Wellness

by | May 6, 2013

Mother Nature’s “Pathway to Wellness” shown by harbor seals’ greetings at Big Whale Cove, Oregon

May “Pathways to Wellness”  Quoting from this website…MHM2013 Logo web

“For more than 60 years, Mental Health America and our affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings. This year’s theme is Pathways to Wellness.”

Key Messages

“Wellness is more than an absence of disease. It involves complete general, mental and social well-being. And mental health is an essential component of overall health and well-being. The fact is our overall well-being is tied to the balance that exists between our emotional, physical, spiritual and mental health.”

Finding a support group is very high on my list of achieving overall well-being.  Human connectedness and engaging in activities that help others has made a huge difference for me during my journey of healing.  Being isolated to struggle with emotional challenges on your own is never a good idea.  The innate spiritual needs of we humans and the food that feeds our souls comes from engaging with others in whatever ways convenient and comfortable for you as an individual.  Start by picking up the phone.  If you are like me, start writing and connecting using social media technology.  If you are inclined get involved with a local non-profit as a volunteer.  As in the above photo of Big Whale Cove (click for stunning video and music), go visit the welcoming “popping heads” of curious harbor seals if you are near the ocean.  Take a hike in the wilderness and observe nature’s unmatched beauty.  When you are home relaxing read a good book.  You can even read my book and others to find out how much company we all have and the experiences we share.  Awareness and human connectedness will help you find your own pathway and balance of well-being…

Steve Sparks
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story (click to order)

About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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