mental health

Should brands be doing things differently when it comes to promoting healthy lifestyles?

I’m all for brands stepping up in the wellness game. With staggering statistics like 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 10 children facing mental health challenges annually in England, the need for support is undeniable. And it’s not just me saying it—73% of consumers believe brands should be embracing wellness as part of their core mission and a whopping 66% think brands will need a wellness component to survive in the future.

Wellness isn’t just about slapping a fancy claim on a product and calling it a day. It’s about making a genuine difference in people’s lives. It’s about fostering healthier habits, promoting self-care, and nurturing overall well-being — physical, mental, social, and purpose-driven wellness. It’s just as applicable to a yoga brand as it to a Bank, people need financial wellness too. But only 46% of people feel like brands are actually helping them prioritise their wellness.

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What does it mean to be healthy? Berkshire health experts break it down | Local News

New Year’s Day is in the rearview mirror and with it are many resolutions for a healthier version of ourselves. That is, if we even remembered to create those goals. 

However, it’s important to put them into perspective. The Eagle spoke with Maureen Daniels, Berkshire Health Systems director of wellness and community health, as well as Dr. Rebecca Caine, a primary care provider of Berkshire Internists of Berkshire Medical Center, to provide guidance on how to create achievable goals and clarify what it means to be healthy.

How do we come up with a resolution? When do we know it’s time to change something?

“I think the opportunity comes when what we’re doing is no longer working for us,” Daniels said. “This might be the opportunity to take a pause, ‘What am I doing? Is this working for me?’”

Daniels and Caine agree that sometimes a resolution is a result

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Politics, mental health, and making the important changes in life

Limerick Post reporter Alan Jacques hit the pavements of Limerick City for a long run and a frank chat with Labour Party councillor Conor Sheehan. Photos: Alan Jacques.

AFTER turning 50 a couple of years ago, a good friend of mine pointed out that I now find myself in “sniper alley” and could be picked off at any time. A cheery thought indeed.

Around that time, my GP informed me that my cholesterol was fairly high and suggested I should consider taking up running for exercise.

I did and within a week I was hooked. Honestly, it was the benefits it made to my mental health that really spurred me on. I felt more relaxed, less stressed, and I found running a great way to let off some steam after a busy day. I felt more at ease in myself after it and happier too.

As far as the running

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Caustic feedback, serious injuries and the quiet mental health suffering of horse racing jockeys (copy) |

BALTIMORE (AP) — Eurico Rosa da Silva was in a dark place.

On the track, the jockey in his early 30s was winning races and making money. At home, he was fighting suicidal thoughts every day.

“I got to the point where I have no more choice but to go for help,” he recalled recently. “I went because if I have no choice, I would kill myself.”

Da Silva got help in 2006 and rode for more than a decade before retiring. He’s one of the lucky ones.

Earlier this year, horse racing was stunned by the suicides less than six weeks apart of two young jockeys, 23-year-old Avery Whisman and 29-year-old Alex Canchari. A friend of Whisman’s, Triple Crown-winning rider Mike Smith, said he has seen similar tragedies over three decades.

“I know several riders that I knew very well committed suicide when it was all said and done,”

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Tom Brady’s health and fitness guru Alex Guerrero eyes creating ‘superhumans’ for Pentagon

TAMPA, Fla. — Promises of transformative military technology were around every corner at the recent Special Operations Forces Week conference, but few compared to upgrading human beings.

“I think that’s the future. It’s getting there where we’re going to be able to create superhumans,” Alex Guerrero told the audience this week. The medical practitioner is best known for his work on the TB12 Method with legendary NFL quarterback Tom Brady.

It may sound like science fiction, but Mr. Guerrero’s declaration dovetails with a multipronged U.S. armed forces’ effort to usher in the next phase of evolution for America’s warriors.

Military leaders are embracing biomechanics, mental health, psychological toughness and spiritual reawakening to nurture the mind, body and soul in concert to create warriors fully equipped for 21st-century conflicts on the battlefield and inside the mind.

Mr. Guerrero’s concept of “superhumans” hinges on culturing the microbiomes of elite athletes or other

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Fit Body Boot Camp Raises Awareness for Mental Health Through Fitness

CHINO HILLS, Calif., May 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — As Mental Health Awareness Month, May provides the opportunity to promote behavioral health concerns and reduce their stigma.

Fit Body Boot Camp 30-minute Afterburn workouts combine High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) with Active Rest Training to produce fun workouts that burn twice the calories in half the time and keep your metabolism running at a higher rate for up to 36 hours post-workout.

A mental disorder or illness is a mental health condition that disrupts a person’s ability to think, feel, or act.

The stigma related to mental health conditions affects millions of people every day, leaving many of them struggling with their mental health issues for years without assistance.

1 in 5 people will experience a mental health condition during their lifetime for many circumstances, including genetics, substance use, and life events (e.g., trauma or abuse). Other developing causes include social, geopolitical, environmental, or economic factors.

Mental health is essential to a person’s well-being and exists on a complex continuum. Individuals experience it differently with varying degrees of difficulty, resulting in various social and clinical diagnoses.

In efforts to strengthen mental health, Fit Body

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Mind Body Spirit Health and Wellness Fair held in Simcoe on May 6.

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A holistic approach to health was promoted at the Mind Body Spirit Health and Wellness Fair at The Aud at the Simcoe fairgrounds on Saturday.

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Hosted by Community Addiction and Mental Health Services of Haldimand Norfolk (CAMHS), the event attracted hundreds of visitors who perused 71 booths to get information about everything from the healing

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US top health official sounds alarm on social media use by kids and adolescents

WASHINGTON – Social media can profoundly harm the mental health of young people, particularly adolescent girls, the United States Surgeon-General warned in an advisory on Tuesday, as he called for safeguards against tech companies for children who are at critical stages of brain development.

US Surgeon-General Vivek Murthy said that while social media offers some benefits, there are “ample indicators that social media could also harm children’s well-being”.

“We are in the middle of a national youth mental health crisis, and I am concerned that social media is an important driver of that crisis – one that we must urgently address,” Dr Murthy said.

Social media use may cause and perpetuate body image issues, affect eating behaviours and sleep quality, and lead to social comparison and low self-esteem, especially among adolescent girls, the advisory said, citing responses from a survey conducted among adolescents.

Adolescents who spend more than three

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Mind and body workouts at Beach Cities Health District

The Beach Cities Halth District offers a full range of physical and mental health programs throughout the summer, beginning with a focus on Mental Health Month of May. 


  •  Mental Health First Aid Trainings 

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training teaches how to recognize and support individuals experiencing mental health challenges. You’ll learn how to assess risk factors, provide initial support and connect individuals to professional resources when needed.  

Tuesday, May 23 or Friday, May 9

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Beach Cities Health District  

514 N. Prospect Ave, Beach Cities Room (Lower Level)  

Redondo Beach, CA 90277  

Register here 


  • National Senior Health & Fitness Week 

Join the Center for Health & Fitness for National Center Health & Fitness Week, the nation’s largest health event encouraging all older adults to take action toward maintaining and improving their health. Enjoy FREE classes, educational lectures and assessments. 

 May 30 – June 2 


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Mind, Body and Spirit Fair puts a new spin on personal wellness –

Buoyed by summer temperatures, the crowd at the Lake Lenore Mind, Body and Spirit Fair found vendors, practitioners and presenters galore, each with an offering tailored to supporting individual wellness. Attendees could get a tarot card reading, try Reiki and access bars treatments, and explore the healing and grounding wares.

Leanne Brinkman was one of the organizers who is set to bring a new view to wellness for people in the area. 

“We tried to pull in people (vendors and presenters) from all over the area just to showcase what we offer,” explained Brinkman. “With mental and physical wellness, it all starts with our brain, and a lot of these vendors focus on that.”

For high school student Georgia Brinkman, providing healing through stimulating access bars contributes to personal wellness of her clients. 

“Access bars are thirty two points on your head, and what it does is improve your

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