After months of what turned out to be a REALLY long winter, I’m so happy that Spring has finally arrived! Although we are still getting quite a few rainy days, it is so nice to feel the warm sun on my face.
Many people are finally coming out of their winter shell, and starting to pick up the activities they enjoy –for me, those include gardening, walking my dog, and socializing with neighbors and friends. However, if you or someone you love hasn’t been able to shake the “winter blues” yet, perhaps some help is needed.
In fact, this year alone, approximately 19 million people will suffer from some type of depression.
And while it is quite normal for people to feel “down” from time to time, (especially after the long, cold and snowy winter we have had!) it is not common to feel persistently sad, anxious, fatigued or emotionally “empty.” Depression can affect anyone at any age, and at any point in their life.
Many people who have Depression know something is wrong, but don’t know what to do about it. The good news is; Depression is not forever, and over 90% of the people who get treated for Depression will improve their quality of life after treatment.
If you’d like more information on Depression, you can visit the National Institute of Mental Health.
To help you feel better this year, we’ll be holding free community programs all year long on depression, stress, anxiety and a variety of other mental health and wellness topics. Our next presentation is on “Improving Your Memory” at the Franklin Township Public Library in Somerset NJ on Monday, April 25th from 7-8:30 pm. If you are in the area, we’d love to have you stop by! And, if you do attend the event, please leave us your feedback here.
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Thank you for reading. Now, off to plant those Azaleas…
Best, Heather Steel