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National Stress Awareness Day

April 16 is National Stress Awareness Day!

It’s no coincidence that National Stress Awareness day falls on April 16, the day after taxes are due. The Health Resource Network (HRN) started this health conscious holiday in 1992 with the goal of raising awareness surrounding causes of stress and ways to reduce it.

Stress, no matter its source, can pose as a major health risk and has been linked to many other serious complications, especially when it comes to heart health. No matter how much you have on your plate, take some time today to relax and de-stress.

Some relaxation techniques you can try: going for a run to clear your head, taking a walk out in nature, participating in a yoga class, taking a long nap, or listening to soothing music. Whatever your method, it’s important that you always take time to decompress, not just for your health but for your sanity as well!

Sources: eHow, Holiday Insights

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National Multiple Personality Day

March 5 is National Multiple Personality Day!

Today is a great day to bring to light the oft stigma-attached issue of mental illness. Multiple Personality Disorder or Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is a mental disease in which a person exhibits two or more defined and recurring identities.

National Multiple Personality Day is a day to spread awareness, but also to celebrate and embrace the slight multiple personalities we all have. So, talk to yourself without fear of being judged today and may your personalities live in harmony.

Sources: Search Amelia, Wikipedia, Ultimate Holiday Site, Holiday Insights

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World Suicide Prevention Day

On average, almost 3,000 people commit suicide daily. For every person who completes a suicide, 20 more may attempt to end their lives.”

- World Health Organization (WHO)

September 10, 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of World Suicide Prevention Day, an initiative organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), with the help of WHO, to raise the awareness that suicide is “a major preventable cause of premature death,” prevent suicide and suicidal behavior, increase education about suicide awareness, decrease the stigma associated with suicide and the silence that surrounds it, and remember lost loved ones.

Become a part of the initiative to spread awareness and save lives by taking five minutes to get involved and become informed. Here you’ll find informational and educational materials, tools to help you learn about suicide and suicide prevention and spread awareness, and resources for helping someone who is struggling and for reaching out if you are concerned for yourself.

The IASP also encourages you to light a candle at 8:00 p.m. on September 10 in remembrance of lost loved ones and the survivors of suicide and to show your support for suicide prevention.

Learn more about World Suicide Prevention Day at www.iasp.info/wspd/.

Learn more about suicide prevention and mental health at WHO’s website.

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