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Growing Healthy Communities: Embrace Mental Wellness

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects thought processes, feelings, and behavior.

The pandemic can have many feeling isolated and alone so how can we help ourselves and others embrace mental wellness during this time? Seek professional help if needed, consider cognitive behavior therapy to help combat depression, engage in physical activity, be a listener when someone needs to talk, and be open to talking about mental health to reduce its stigma. Mental wellness matters and so do you. Suicide is a leading cause of death but it is also preventable. Never feel that you have to journey alone when embracing your mental wellness.

You can find more information at mentalhealth.gov or for immediate support contact the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

Dr. Janea Snyder is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) in Health Education and Promotion for the School of Counseling, Human Performance and Rehabilitation. She completed her Ph.D. at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas where she majored in Health Studies. Both her undergraduate and master's degrees were conferred at UA Little Rock. Dr. Snyder hosts Community Development Minute on KUAR, a one-minute educational program, which highlights the work of Community Development organizations like the University District Development Corporation (UDDC), which supports the UA Little Rock neighboring communities. She serves on the board of the UDDC.