Lifestyle and Holistic factors affecting Mental Health
On the other end of the spectrum are " happiness books " and holistic providers who do provide alternatives treatments that focus on clients behaviors with recommendations such as meditation and practicing gratitude. However, the effect of the environment is still excluded. Often for these providers or authors they cant conceive, that certain communities (and therefore individuals ) live in constant trauma or stress, may not have the same food access , maybe surrounded by blight and abandonment or maybe socially isolated. Therefore the influences of these issues on mental health are never considered.
Too often I see clients and patients who have been on multiple psychotropic medications, and received numerous counseling sessions, yet they continue to struggle with their symptoms.
I am a firm believer that without addressing the following factors , it can be virtually impossible to improve mental and emotional health especially among minority communities.
- Spaces ad Social Support
- Diet and Nutrition
- Exposure to Natural Environment /Light
At Health Empowerment for African Americans and Latinos, when we see clients with depression and anxiety, it is these specific factors we address , while we encourage traditional counseling and cognitive behavior therapy