Sunday, February 26, 2012

Maat E's Mental Health Message

Put your mind in a framework of love!

Love is very powerful. It has the ability to turn around the most hardened or jaded of a person. What's so great about love is that it is free and easy to use. In order to access the benefits of love it is ideal to find an object for your affection. Most people would think that means finding someone else to love, but the best place to start is with giving love to yourself. Even during interactions with other people it is best to open your heart, first to yourself and then someone else. If you feel rusty in the love department turn to a child. God's little ones give and receive great amounts of love. The point is that the emotion of love can trigger the production of biochemicals like endorphins that create good feelings throughout the body and in the brain. Approach life with love and many more of your days will feel good. Have a peace filled day.

Dr. Ma'at E. L. Lewis

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Ma'at E's Mental Health Message

Be a First! On this day, February 20th 1919 the first Pan African Congress was held. In 1992 John Singleton became the first African American director to win an Academy Award. In 2002 Vonetta Flowers became the first Black gold medalist in the history of the Winter Olympic Games. There are thousands more opportunities for people of African descent to be firsts in history. We all have some unique purpose and gift for our spirit to manifest on this earth. Sharing your blessings and being the first at something is not a simple individual accomplishment; it is a means of trail blazing and making a way for others to shine. Do your thing and be first at it if you can. If not, follow in the footsteps of the "firsts" who came before you.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Maat E's Mental Health Message

Death is the only thing certain in life, yet every time it occurs so many of us are left in a state of disbelief and a total sense of shock. Comfort may soon come after the disbelief subsides; yet, we may mourn feeling anger and deep sadness until we come to accept the loss. Embracing the idea that death is a part of life can be difficult, but when we do it potentially encourages us to appreciate the life we have and to live it to the fullest. Celebrate life for those who are still living and for the people we love whose lives are gone, but not their memories. May we all live and rest in peace. Ma'at E. L. Lewis

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Maat E's Mental Health Message

Let's Talk About Mental Illness & Bring about Mental Health Talking about the stigma of mental illness is critically important to ultimately improving care and access to quality mental health services. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, one in five (21%) of adult Canadians will suffer a mental disorder. Most will experience a form of anxiety or depression. What many people may not realize is that there is no health without mental health because the two are intricately linked. Fighting the stigma which stands in the way of mental health can begin with getting everyone involved and understanding that we are all susceptible to mental health problems just as we are vulnerable to other health concerns. Let's talk about mental health!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Ma'at E's Mental Health Message

Make everyday a Black History Day. Although the month of February is Black History month, the multitude of achievements and accomplishments of people of African descent make one month (especially the shortest month of the year) wholly inadequate to reflect on all of the contributions within Black culture. Each of us has a unique spark from the Divine that makes us who we are and provides each of us with our own gifts to make a contriubtion to society. With these gifts we can do something everyday to make a story of our own lives and make history within the greater society. Know that you are great and have something, no many things to contribute to the world. Start by giving love and creating peace everywhere you go. Don't worry so much about how you will make your mark as much as having faith and a belief that you will. The Creator will take care of how you make history just start with living your story today.