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A weekly blog from the Family & Consumer Sciences Department
by Ashley Foster - May 14, 2019
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Very few people go through life without any chronic health challenges. Cancer, heart
disease, chronic pain, diabetes, mental illnesses, and more touch every family at
According to Mental Health America, often mental illnesses and other chronic conditions
co-occur. People with cancer often have depression; people with schizophrenia often
have diabetes; and people with chronic pain often have both physical and behavioral
health challenges.We know that the underlying environment - the "social determinants" of health - plays
a role in the development of both physical and mental health conditions.
And what we also know is that some common tools and strategies - such as animal companionship,
humor, spirituality, work-life balance, and recreation and social networking - lead
to improvements in both physical and mental health.
Check out the fact sheets below, from Mental Health America.
Spirituality and Religion
Reference: Mental Health America