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Mental Health Help for New Mexicans Dealing with Recession Depression

May 28, 2009

Santa Fe – New assistance is available for New Mexicans experiencing stress caused by the economic downturn. Data suggests one in five is experiencing recession-related anxiety and fear, and now Mental Health America has unveiled Live Your Life Well, a Web-based set of tools for helping people manage their way through major life changes while preserving their mental health.

Barbara Dawson, spokesperson for Mental Health America, says the ten tools are fairly simple, and backed by science.

"In our society, we believe there’s got to be a bigger or a better way, and sometimes we get away from the basics. But, when folks can start to implement even one or two of these, and take small, basic steps, they can really make a difference. Research has proven that."

The majority of Americans are experiencing mental stress as a result of the recession, says Dawson.

"The Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index did a lot of the research and, according to them, 58 percent of Americans have reported they were struggling in their lives by the end of 2008."

The site's tools include "Connecting with others," "Taking care of your spirit," "Eat well," and "Get physically active." The tools can have a major impact on mental health, Dawson adds.

"What we put into our bodies and how we treat our bodies, because of each of us have different chemistry, do affect and impact our mental health as well. The tools are based on information gathered from hundreds of research studies with thousands of participants, often conducted over decades, many of which were by researchers at major universities or government agencies."

The final tool is titled, "Get professional help if you need it." All the tools are available at www.liveyourlifewell.org.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - NM