#HolisticMentalHealth  #MentalWellbeing2021

“The historical stigma dishonoring those in anguish fosters a desire for quick fixes and bred the demand of the pharmaceutical approach. Though medications have a place in mental health for neurotransmitter stability, the foundational or functional origin of the problem is likely more complicated. Often this is found within nutrition deficits, neuro-pathway changes in response to trauma, socio-economic factors, or a combination.”

Part of our desire to launch this campaign was to help usher in a new acceptance, compassion and empathy, towards ourselves and towards everyone in our greater community.  For we have all been faced with stress and traumas in our lives.  Each and every one of us, and as this pandemic of 2020 showed, there was not a signal person around the globe that was not affected.  


Holistic treatment means “taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of the disease”— so holistic mental health isn’t merely an attempt to alleviate the fatigue, anger and anxiety that often come along with mental and emotional struggles, but to address the roots of the disorders themselves. This type of intervention involves treating the whole person and their ecosystem— that includes looking not only at the individual, but at the effects of family, school, peers and community on the life of a young person.”


We are a resilient race of beings, and much like how humanity has overcome perils throughout the ages, we are overcoming the stigma of Mental Health.  This has meant that science, research and medicine has, too, had to overcome it’s precursor for old and antiquated treatments, because until we completely look at the WHOLE PERSON, the whole being, we are merely treating symptoms, and one cannot transcend nor heal without addressing the root causes and strengthening the mind to heal.  And that means education, and self-responsibility and getting curious, asking questions.  


Now, even in the postmodern era of western medicine, hospitals are including “Integrative Medicine” as part of their treatment plans, and looking at alternative therapies before more invasive courses of action and prescriptions.  


Take the time to explore our posts on social media about the various different types of holistic treatments available, and seek out practitioners who can specialize in holistic health for mental health.  Such as scientifically proven Multi-systemic Therapy (MST) incorporates the philosophy of holistic treatment into the creation of personalized interventions for at risk youth.  

The PNW is blessed to have an extensive community of holistic health practitioners, schools and Universities, and Quantum sciences.  The NUNM Clinic located in SW Portland even accepts OHP and WA Health Plans.  They cover a wide range of holistic therapies and herbal pharmacy.  


*Supporting Research:  

https://www.childrensal.org/workfiles/clinical_services/cbh/holistic_approach_to_mental_health.pdf

https://mentalhealthhope.com/benefits-of-holistic-approach-to-mental-health/

https://www.ahna.org/Home/Resources/Holistic-Mental-Health

https://info.mstservices.com/blog/holistic-mental-health


(Disclaimer) If you suspect you have a mental illness or you're being treated by a mental health professional, ask about how you can incorporate physical activity into your treatment.

A qualified mental health professional can make suggestions about the best strategies for treating your specific condition.

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Holistic Health and its Mental Health Attributes

  • Holistic medicine is interested in treating the whole system.  

  • Holistic is characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease.  

  • The use of holistic approaches to mental health care can be significantly helpful to mentally ill clients and their disease. 

  • Some of the symptoms of these diseases includes: fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, and stressors that are often complexed by the consequences of mental illness. 


Holistic mental health approaches ensure that support and comfort are provided to the individual, their family and community.


 




“The emotional well-being is designed by several connected systems (medical, psychological, social, psychiatric, behavioral, lifestyle, spiritual, etc.”

Get the Holistic Approach to Mental Health PDF here: https://www.childrensal.org/workfiles/clinical_services/cbh/holistic_approach_to_mental_health.pdf


Visit www.urbanofficeplace.com/wellbeing for our Evidence Based Mental Wellbeing Resource Guide





Top 10 Approaches to Holistic Mental Wellbeing

As you have been journeying with us to share awareness around Mental Wellbeing, you will notice that there is a theme, and how all of the evidence-based support systems are intertwined.

  • Dietary Changes - less processed foods, more fruits and vegetables, cut out sugar and saturated fats, no caffeine

  • Nutritional Supplements to balance the bodies chemistry

  • Lifestyle Changes, like increasing exercises, walking 20-30 minutes each day

  • Yoga

  • Sound Therapy

  • Art Therapy

  • Equine Therapy

  • Biofeedback

  • Hypnotherapy

  • Meditation

  • Acupuncture


ENGAGEMENT QUESTION:  Self-Care, Treat the WHOLE You.  Will a plethora of options in various therapies from art to yoga, what have you tried and what would you recommend?