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America’s Health Rankings 2018: Mental Distress in the South Central Region

Posted by on May 10th, 2019

America’s Health Rankings® is an annual assessment of the nation’s health on a state-by-state basis. It is produced in a partnership between the United Health Foundation and the American Public Health Association.

It has many dimensions that you can explore, but since May is Mental Health Month, we’re examining Frequent Mental Distress, which refers to the percentage of adults who reported ≥14 days in response to the question, “Now, thinking about your mental health, which includes stress, depression, and problems with emotions, for how many days during the past 30 days was your mental health not good?”

Mental Distress in the South Central Region

Did you know that the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has a reading club focused on National Health Observances? This club provides book selections and easy-to-download materials for organizations who want to tackle a reading program. The books selected for Mental Health Month are:

  • Everything Here is Beautiful, by Mira T. Lee
  • Rx: A Graphic Memoir, by Rachel Lindsay
  • Gorilla and the Bird, by Zach McDermott

If you’re short on time, you can also apply for a “program in a box” – a kit that comes with all the things you need to start a book club. Additionally, there are also a number of links in the Mental Health Reading Club Selection Guide to resources for learning more. Check it out today!

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