May is Mental Health Month and with the national concern growing about the role mental health plays in school shootings and homelessness, now it's the right time to give extra thought and attention to the topic.

The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic want everyone to know they understand if you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, knowing how to help and figuring out the best support systems for care can feel like a lot to handle.  In a news release Farm Workers says it is important to remember "that mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being. Mental illnesses are common and treatable. Recovery is possible."

“May is Mental Health Month” was started nearly 70 years ago to raise awareness about the importance of good mental health for everyone with this year's focus on how a healthy lifestyle may help prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions.   Medical experts like Angelina Thomas, Operations Manager for Behavioral Health Services at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic says, “In order to achieve total wellness it is important to step back and take a look at your overall health, both physically and mentally ... Getting the appropriate amount of exercise, eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep and reducing stress – it’s all about finding the right balance to benefit both the mind and body.”

For more information on May is Mental Health Month, visit Mental Health America’s website at www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may.