Welcome to Southern Hills Counseling Center

Southern Hills Counseling Center, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization governed by a Board of volunteer directors. Southern Hills Counseling Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in employment practices or in the delivery of services. Southern Hills is a member of the Indiana Council of Community Mental Health Centers.

 

May 2014

May is Mental Health Month. You may be asking yourself, “Why should I care?” or “What is mental health?” In observance of Mental Health Month, Southern Hills Counseling Center, Inc. is encouraging everyone to learn a few simple steps that they can take to enhance their own personal wellness.


We don’t have to wait until we have a problem before making changes in our lives. It can be as simple as taking a few minutes a day to learn ways to achieve a healthy balance in our work and home lives.


If you were to ask a friend or family member what mental health means to them they might answer, “It is a state of mind.” “It means you have a mental illness.” or “It is how happy you are.” Simply put, mental health is the ability to cope with daily life and the challenges that it brings. Research shows that stress is closely linked to high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity. People who feel depressed or chronically stressed may have a greater risk of physical illnesses.


The good news is that there are many, simple and healthy choices that a person can adopt to promote and improve their mental health and in turn, their overall health and well-being. Managing stress, eating a proper diet, exercising regularly and building social support are a few steps that promote good mental health.


“May is Mental Health Month” was started 65 years ago by Mental Health America to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. According to Mental Health America, “When a person has “good” mental health, they deal better with what comes their way. By contrast, “poor” mental health – such as feeling overwhelmed by stress – can make even day-to-day life difficult.”


Southern Hills is a not-for-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that serves as the Community Mental Health Center for the five counties covered in its catchment area: Jasper (Dubois County), English (Crawford County), Paoli (Orange County), Tell City (Perry County), Rockport and Dale (Spencer County). Southern Hills provides a full array of services including individual, family, and group counseling; psychological assessment; psychiatric consultation; educational programs; and rehabilitative day treatment. Southern Hills also provides Employee Assistance Programs designed to meet the needs of employees and area businesses and provides inpatient services in conjunction with Memorial Hospital.


For further information on “May is Mental Health Month,” visit Mental Health America’s website at www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may. For further information about Southern Hills Counseling Center and the services that they provide, visit their website at www.southernhills.org or find them on facebook.

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