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Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. The mind and body share a strong connection, and your physical pain can lead to mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, stress, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental health problems.

Mental health is a level of emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and behave, and can affect your daily life, relationships and your physical health.

 

Healing Hearts Memory Care Support Group

Memory Care Support Group is an opportunity for friends, family, caregivers and those living with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia to meet for mutual emotional support and to exchange coping skills specific to the disease. The group is a supported support group of the Alzheimer's Association. 

The group gathers the first Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sagecrest Alzheimer's Care Center at Baptist Retirement Community, 438 E. Houston Harte Frontage Road. The support group is free of charge, and lunch is provided.

For more information, call 325-481-7510 or email erin.kelly@buckner.org.

Home blood pressure monitoring project

According to the American Heart Association the connection between mental health and heart health is not just behavioral, but research shows there could be physiological connections, too. Anxiety, depression or stress, for example, can lead people to make unhealthy lifestyle choices such as smoking, drinking or overeating, which can result in an increase in blood pressure. 

The purpose of the guide is to improve blood pressure control among people through home blood pressure monitoring. This guide will help people understand what blood pressure is, how it affects them, tools to achieving control rates and how to measure their blood pressure at home. Learn more about what blood pressure is and how you can control it.

Understanding blood pressure

Home blood pressure monitoring

Smoking cessation

Ready to quit? Smoking causes harm to almost every organ in your body. Besides causing cancer, heart and respiratory diseases, smoking causes poor physical performance. Smoking decreases oxygen that your heart, lungs and muscles need which causes fatigue, loss of strength, shortness of breath and increased heart rate. Research has also shown that people who smoke are more likely to develop mental illnesses, feel depressed, have suicidal thoughts, or use more drugs and alcohol, all which can make mental health worse.

Yes_You_Can_logo__smaller_A free smoking cessation app has been developed by the University of Texas. Ask Advise Refer resources are free and available to help patients be successful in their attempt to quit Tobacco. Ask Advise Refer resources encompass all the ways to refer a patient to the Texas Quitline, which is funded by the Department of State Health Services. Click here for more information.

You can also download the “Texas Quitline” and “Help to Quit” apps now. These applications enable healthcare professionals in the state of Texas to refer patients to the official Texas Tobacco Quitline

Health Screenings

Your local HEB Pharmacy will offer screenings to manage your health, time and budget. Stop by any H‑E‑B Pharmacy the second Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our certified screeners offer five tests. Click here for more information and what tests are provided.

Links and Resources

If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental health condition, below are some links to local organizations and  help lines in our region that can help.

MHMR Services For the Concho Valley325-658-7750

West Texas Counseling & Guidance: 325-944-2561

Suicide Prevention/Crisis Intervention: 800-375-8965 or 325-653-5933

Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council for the Concho Valley: 800-880-9641

River Crest Hospital: 325-949-5722

 


 

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