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May is Mental Health - Mind Your Health

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Caring for Your Mind and Body

We all know about the importance about taking care of our health—eating right, getting enough sleep, exercising. Healthy habits positively influence how a person feels and how their body functions.

But good health involves not only caring for our body, but also our mind.

The fact is our mental health is integral to our overall health. Far too many Americans fail to incorporate a principal component into their health choices. Yet overall health and wellness are not possible without it.

What is mental health? If you were to ask your office mate, spouse or neighbor, they may respond that it is a “state of mind,” “being content with life” or “feeling good about yourself.”  Simply put, mental health is the ability to cope with daily life and the challenges it brings.

When a person has “good” mental health, they deal better with what comes their way. By contrast,

“poor” mental health—such as feeling overwhelmed by stress —can make even day-to-day life difficult.

Poor mental health can also significantly harm a person’s physical health. For instance, research shows that stress is closely linked to high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity. It also shows that people who feel depressed or chronically stressed may have a greater risk of physical illnesses.

The good news is there are many healthy choices and steps that individuals can adopt to promote and strengthen mental health—and overall health and well-being.

A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems.  It can also help people recover from these conditions.

This May is Mental Health Month, Stairways Behavioral Health is raising awareness of the role mental health plays in our lives and providing tips and resources so anyone can take steps to promote good mental health. Follow us on Facebook ( for your daily lifestyle tip.

These include building social support, eating with your mental health in mind, recognizing the signs of stress, and knowing when to reach out for help.

Just as Americans have learned there are things they can do to reduce their risk of heart disease and other illnesses, Stairways Behavioral Health wants to help people learn what they can do both to protect their mental health in tough times and also to improve their mental well-being throughout their lives.

We need to care for both our body and mind.

10th Annual Center City Arts Holiday Show & Sale

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Friday, December 13 from 5:00-8:00 pm for the 10th Annual Holiday Show & Sale at Center City Arts, 138 E. 26th Street in Erie.

One of a kind gifts and original works of art including: Fused Glass, Jewelry, Painting, and Decorative Gourds. 

NEW this year! We are excited to announce a new collaboration with the Multicultural Community Resource Center adding a World Market featuring local artisans from more than 8 different cultures.

Join us at the most unique venue in town- our stunning studio in the historic Rose Koehler Curtze estate at 26th & Holland.

Center City Arts, a program of Stairways, creates opportunities for local artisans to earn income by bringing their products and their stories to the community.

The art is affordable, and the festive atmosphere is free!

Tread on Stigma 5K walk/run for Wellness

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Register now for the 1st Annual Stairways 5k Walk/Run for Wellness - for employees, their families and their friends at beautiful Presque Isle State Park.

Make plans to Tread on Stigma for camaraderie, wellness, and to educate the community.

All proceeds will be used to establish a 'Client Wellness Fund' for wellness-specific initiatives such as new sneakers, nutritional activities and fitness memberships for our clients.

Saturday, September 14
10:00am - 2:00pm
Registration at the Cookhouse, across from beach 7.

You can fill out, download and print the registration form here:


- Find it on the SBH intranet
- Pick up a form at the Main agency (2185 W. 8th Street)
- Call 814-878-3400 to have a form mailed to you.

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