Iowa MHDS Regions blogs offer discussion and thought leadership related to personal wellness, brain health, intellectual disabilities and more.
Weather woes. Crop loss. Livestock health. Farm debt. Supply chain issues. Limited access to health care. Several stressors can exacerbate brain health issues for rural Iowans. This is especially true for those in the farming and ranching industry whose financial livelihood is tied to unpredictable factors and ag workers who are experiencing long, strenuous hours and supply chain issues. The good news is, there’s brain health support available no matter where you live.
Join Iowa’s Mental Health and Disability Services (MHDS) Regions in commemorating Mental Health Month in May. When we all unite to better understand mental health, find ways to prioritize our own brain health and connect those who are struggling to available resources, we create communities for all to thrive.
Thanks to a new law, Iowans in every county will have access to mobile crisis services to receive immediate care during a crisis. Trained brain health experts can travel to an individual’s home, workplace or school to help.
Brain health and physical health are two distinct components of one’s overall health that influence each other. If you’re struggling with brain health issues, you might experience physical health issues and vice versa. There is a strong connection between the two that should not be overlooked.
Last year was challenging for all, and there’s no guarantee that 2021 will be easier. The COVID-19 pandemic has put an extra strain on brain health for many Iowans, causing or exacerbating feelings of stress, anxiety, loneliness, depression and more.