Brookhaven Retreat joins organizations across the nation in observing Mental Health Month. It celebrates by rededicating itself to its mission of comprehensive recovery for women with mental health or substance abuse issues.
Mental Health Month, observed annually in May, was created to increase awareness and decrease stigma surrounding mental illnesses such as borderline personality disorder, depression and anxiety disorders. This year’s theme, Pathways to Wellness, seeks to educate the public about strategies to achieving mental wellness.
One in four adult Americans suffers from a mental disorder in a given year. Some of the most common illnesses, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and anxiety disorder impact women’s mental health so that life appears unmanageable.
Brookhaven Retreat takes a comprehensive approach to recovery. Its pathways to wellness include diet, exercise, social-support, self-care and development of both self-worth and therapy skills that promote awareness and emotion regulation. The women in its program frequently meet with a registered dietitian, psychiatrist, therapist and counselors, and participate in a variety of groups and therapies that develop the lifestyle and coping skills required to achieve recovery.
Adequate sleep and proper nutrition are easy adjustments that support the changes made in therapy and create the healthy habits necessary to sustain emotional wellness. Through a comprehensive approach, Brookhaven Retreat helps create a permanent path to wellness rooted in health, understanding and safety.