May is Mental Health Month!

III-A Wellness Challenge – May 1st

Focus on different ways each day to be mindful and increase calmness, focus, and gratitude.

  • Directions: Beginning May 1st, put a checkmark on every day you complete the mindful moment.
  • Prize: All participants will be entered into a drawing, and 5 winners will receive a $25 visa gift card.
  • To Win: Turn in a copy of your completed tracking board to [email protected] by Monday, May 20th.

Get the tracking board here. Sign up for emails here if you are not already.


Tips for Maintaining Good Mental Health

Mental health is essential to overall well-being, impacting individuals, families, and communities. We encourage our members to take action toward protecting your mental health and overall well-being. We encourage you to participate and utilize your benefits and resources to best support you and your family. One in five people will experience a mental health condition in any given year.

Stay Active: Boost your mood and energy levels. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week.

Practice Mindfulness: Meditation and deep breathing exercises, can help reduce stress and improve mental clarity.

Eat a Balanced Diet: A nutritious diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains can support your mental health by providing essential nutrients and stabilizing blood sugar levels.

Limit Alcohol and Caffeine: Excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption can negatively impact your mood and sleep quality. Try to moderate your intake.

Stay Connected: Maintain strong relationships with friends and family members. Social support is important for mental health and can provide a sense of belonging and connection.

Set Boundaries: Learn to say no to activities or obligations that drain your energy or cause stress. Setting boundaries can help protect your mental health and prioritize self-care.

Seek Help When Needed: Don’t hesitate to reach out for professional help if you’re struggling with your mental health. Therapy, counseling, or support groups can provide valuable support and guidance.

Practice Self-Compassion: Treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding you would offer to a friend facing similar challenges.


BENEFIT REMINDER! Employee Assistance Program (EAP):

Visit or scan the QR code to schedule your EAP visit today (password: IIIABenefits2011). It’s quick, private, and each household member gets 10 visits, per issue, per year.

Oral Health Impacts on Mental Health

The connection between oral health and mental health is a two-way street. Much like how poor mental health can lead to poor oral health outcomes, poor oral health can also worsen existing mental health problems:

  • Some dental problems affect speech, leading to anxiety in social settings
  • Chronic bad breath can also lead to anxiety in social settings
  • Tooth loss is more likely to occur in individuals with mental disorders
  • This can lead to a negative self-image and decreased desire to do things they enjoy
  • Pain associated with certain dental diseases can negatively affect one’s quality of life


Wellness Wednesday Webinar

Suicide Prevention and Intervention | May 15, 2024

  • Learn practical intervention techniques
  • Understand the myths and reasons behind suicide
  • Assess the lethality of the suicidal person
  • Learn methods and questions to assess and assist the suicidal person to help them deescalate