Your Overall Health Begins with Mental Health

Mental Health is part of overall health

Mental Health is talked about often these days. But have you stopped to think about what mental health is?

Mental health starts with your thoughts - which affect how you feel and ultimately how you act. Mental health also impacts your relationship with others and your physical health, too.

Your mental health is a foundational building block of your overall health. It is critical that you care for your mental health just as much as your physical health.

If you are ready to focus on your mental health and want to learn more, try one of the following.

  1. Attend the Chester County Mental Health Fair and Forum
    Join us at the Brandywine YMCA on Saturday, May 20 for a Mental Health Fair and Forum. The event features 20+ local organizations dedicated to mental health and wellness - along with a moderated forum. 

    The fair runs from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The forum runs from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Jess Rigo, Executive Director of the Brandywine YMCA will moderate a discussion and Q&A session with local mental health experts.

  2. Try a Mind/Body Class or Meditation
    We offer a variety of Mind/Body classes to promote mindfulness - from Chair Yoga to Pilates to Pop-up Meditation - and more. Browse our offerings and try a class today. 

    If you prefer the comfort of your own home, Y360 is the way to go. You can access a catalog of meditations on demand to fit your schedule. Y360 is included with your YGBW membership.
  3. Register for Mental Health First Aid
    From the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges. There are separate courses for Youth and Adults.

    Chester County offers several upcoming MHFA sessions that are free to attend.
  4. Get Involved with NAMI Chester County
    The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides support, education and advocacy to people and families impacted by mental illness. The Chester County chapter is in a rebuilding phase. You can get involved by attending an upcoming event
  5. Be Aware of Nearby Resources
    Chester County Hospital maintains a list of local mental health resources. It is important to be informed about the resources available to you and your loved ones.

This is just the tip of the iceberg that is mental health. We are with you on your journey and encourage you to do one thing each day to focus on your mental (and overall) health.