May Health News

By Church Office |  May 25, 2018

What to Know to Eat Right for your Mental & Physical Health
May is a special month. In addition to including Mother’s Day and Memorial Day this is a month in which national health organizations focus on mental health issues, such as depressive episodes, sadness and anxiety. Given that stress also adversely affects many, in particular mothers, our veterans, our active duty service members, our senior citizens and now, our youth, we need to give more attention to mental health concerns. Here are a few facts to consider to help focus a little more on the need for mental health awareness:

  • Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year.
  • Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—10 million, or 4.2%—experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.
  • Only 41% of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition received mental health services in the past year.
  • It's not just a problem for adults. Half of all long-term mental disorders start by age 14. Today, childhood mental illness affects more than 17 million kids in the U.S.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a mental health condition is no different than a physical one. The brain is an important organ in the body body and can get sick just like other organs, i.e., the heart, lungs and liver. Not only that, one can recover from a mental health condition and lead a healthy life.
Moreover, African-Americans are not immune from mental health conditions. Findings have shown that 5.6% of African Americans die by suicide and up to approximately two million (10%) African-American men live with depression (
Furthermore, the annual age-adjusted suicide rate is 13.42 per 100,000 individuals and:
  • Men die by suicide 3.53x more often than women.
  • On average, there are 123 suicides per day.
  • White males accounted for 7 of 10 suicides in 2016.
  • Firearms account for 51% of all suicides in 2016.
  • The rate of suicide is highest in middle age — white men in particular (
 Many new studies are showing natural ways to help with some physical and some mental health issues.
According to one article, “Can What you Eat Affect Your Mental Health?” Many people feel that they can eat what they want, as long as they exercise.