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How to understand the risk factors of mental health.
Nashville, Ark. - Since the start of the pandemic, more and more people are talking
about mental health. An increasing number of the population are starting to recognize
mental health as one important part of an individual’s overall health and well-being,
just like physical health. But mental health conditions, resources and conversations
can still feel complicated and difficult to comprehend.
Some questions people often have include:
Many people are learning about mental health topics for the first time. Having a widespread
understanding of the topic can help you be more informed if you or someone you know
is experiencing a mental health condition or crisis. Around half of people in the
U.S. will meet the conditions for a diagnosable mental health condition at some point
in their life, so everyone should know what to look out for.
There’s often no one single cause for a mental health condition. Instead, there are
many possible risk factors that can influence how likely a person is to experience
a mental health condition or how serious the symptoms may be.
According to Mental Health America 2022 Toolkit, some risk factors for mental health
conditions include trauma, which can be a one-time event or ongoing; your environment
and how it impacts your health and quality of life (also known as social determinants
of health like financial stability and health care access); genetics; brain chemistry;
and your habits and lifestyle such as a lack of sleep.
Of course, understanding the risk factors for a mental health condition can be more
difficult when it’s your own mental health. Take time to ask yourself about your thoughts,
feelings and behaviors to see if this is part of a pattern that may be caused by a
mental health condition.
Here are some questions to get you started:
Our society focuses much more on physical health than mental health, but both are
equally important. If you are concerned about your mental health, there are several
options available. You are not alone – help is out there, and recovery is possible.
It may be hard to talk about your concerns, but simply acknowledging to yourself that
you’re struggling is a big first step. Taking a screen at mhascreening.org can help you better understand what you are experiencing and get helpful resources.
After that, consider talking to someone you trust about your results, and seek out
a professional to find the support you need. While you may not need this information
today, knowing the basics about mental health will mean you’re prepared if you ever
need it. Go to mhanational.org/may for more information on mental health.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture has educational programs
designed to help improve overall health. Contact the Howard County Extension Service
at 870-845-7517 or visit our office located on the second floor of the courthouse.
You may reach me by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipe of the Week
Don’t let the name of this recipe fool you! It is delicious and is a must
try! Connor Bagley, a member of the Show N’Shine 4-H Club won second place in the
4-H Dairy Foods contest held recently.
½ cup butter, melted
1 cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup pecans, finely chopped
¼ cup brown sugar
Cream Cheese Layer:
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
½ cup powdered sugar
2 T. heavy cream
1 box instant chocolate pudding
1 box instant chocolate fudge pudding
1 ¾ cup milk
½ cup heavy cream
2 T. powdered sugar
½ cup pecan halves
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl, stir together the melted butter, flour, pecans and brown sugar.
Press mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie pan and bake until
crust begins to brown around edges; 15 to 20 minutes.
Let cool completely.
In a bowl, beat the cream cheese, ½ cup powdered sugar and heavy cream with an electric
mixer until smooth.
Spread onto cooled crust.
In a separate bowl, combine the pudding mixes and milk and allow to set 5 minutes.
Spread thickened pudding mixture over the cream cheese mixture and place in refrigerator
to chill, at least 4 hours.
Before serving, beat the heavy cream and powdered sugar until soft peaks form.
Spread over chocolate pudding layer and top with pecan halves.
By Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 email@example.com
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