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Promoting good mental health

Reported by: Robert Byers
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Updated: 5/14/2013 12:10 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - At the North Mississippi State Hospital in Tupelo, leaders say their goal is to not only help the patients who are there but to also remind the general public about staying mentally fit.

Just like most people keep a check on things like blood pressure and other physical conditions, experts say it's also good to take stock of our mental health.

NMSH Director Dr. Paul Callens said, "We do a lot to provide preventative maintenance for our health. We run to prevent heart disease and maintain weight. At the same time we don't think a lot about what stress gets me upset during a given day. What can I do to prevent that stress?"

One in five Americans suffer from a mental health condition, which often is very treatable.

Doctors say there's a balance we must achieve in order to have overall healthy lives.

Callens said, "We're physical, emotional, mental and spiritual beings. When one's out of sync, the others are more than likely going to be out of sync as well."

The Tupelo facility serves 18 counties in north Mississippi with about 500 patients per year.

Millions of dollars are spent by the state every year to treat the most severe cases of mental health.

But leaders at North MS State Hospital remind us it's an illness that has no cure.

Callens said, "This illness is not going to go away. To put your proverbial head in the sand and not address that and say we can do it by providing less services is really a disservice to society."

Callens says that's why they're emphasizing better mental health as a way to bring about an overall healthier society.

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