Brain Awareness Week in March and Your Mental Health
Brain Awareness Week, the week of March 11 - 17, 2019, is a week to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. From successful aging to combating stress, anxiety and serious mental illnesses, brain research surrounding various topics is being conducted on an ongoing basis. The Brain and Behavior Foundation has fascinating half-hour videos on topics including concussion, memory, mental health conditions, substance use disorders, stress and major disorders and the developments being made in these areas. These can be found FREE at www.bbrfoundation.org/healthy-minds-tv . Individuals can also visit a local branch of the Sussex County Library system to locate additional educational materials and resources on brain related topics.
Below are some tips for successful aging and your brain:
- Stay physically active.
- Reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol with a good diet, healthy lifestyle and medication when necessary.
- Talk to your doctor about diseases and drugs that may impair brain function either by themselves or when they interact with other medications you may be taking.
- Keep your brain lively with social and intellectual activity and as well as with adequate sleep.
The Campaign to Change Direction is a national model to reduce stigma and change the culture of mental health so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages everyone to incorporate mental health into overall health, pledge to know and share the five signs of emotional suffering and support others to reach out for help when needed. To access local mental health resources and learn how Sussex County is promoting its Campaign to Change Direction initiative visit https://www.sussex.nj.us/changedirection.