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Shepherd Center Recognizes National Mental Health Awareness Month

Neurorehabilitation Psychology Department provides resources for managing mental health care.

This May, Shepherd Center recognizes National Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health is a particularly important topic all year round for our patients, families, caregivers and staff. Preventing and treating mental health issues such as depression, substance misuse, sleep problems, pain management, or stress and anxiety are key components of the person-centered care provided at Shepherd Center.

Our psychologists, neuropsychologists, counselors and social workers strive to provide the resources and treatment needed for Shepherd patients, family members and staff to feel and function at their best. Please see the following tips and resources for mental health care.

Benefits of Relaxation

Relaxation can be a very effective way of coping with stress, pain and other problems. Benefits include lowered heart rate, decreased blood pressure, heightened immunity, reduced pain and tension, improved mood and better sleep.

Healthy Tips from Shepherd Center’s Neurorehabilitation Psychology Department

Sleep and exercise are essential to maintaining a mentally healthy lifestyle.

Self-Care for Staff

Work can be overwhelming. Self-care helps employees continue to do their work with care, energy and compassion.

Taking Care of the Caregiver

Being a caregiver can be overwhelming and result in forgetting about oneself and one’s needs. This can lead to self neglect, anger, depression, feelings of isolation, resentment and even illness. These are some helpful ways to take care of yourself when you are a caregiver.

Top 10 Mental Health Tips for Living with Neurological Conditions

Self-care, communication, and support are top ways to manage your mental health.

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neurological conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 740 inpatients, nearly 280 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.