LGBT Center of Raleigh

Mailing Address: 19 West Hargett Street Suite 507 - Raleigh NC 27601 - 919-832-4484

The LGBT Center of Raleigh is physically closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but we continue to meet virtually! Those virtual offerings can be found here. If you have questions or are seeking resources, you can call 919-832-4484 seven days a week between the hours of 12pm and 4pm, and your call will be answered by a staff member or volunteer.

We continue to work with our partners at the Alliance of AIDS Services - Carolina on creating a plan to resume HIV and STI testing at the Center and will make an announcement by the end of July!

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Holistic Health and Mental Illness

Holistic Health and Mental Illness

by Tonya J. Williams
July 27, 2020

Living with mental illness is not easy. There is stigma, judgment, and misunderstanding. There is also a struggle to obtain the best evidence-based treatment from a qualified clinician.

Many illnesses are managed by medication and perhaps some form of talk therapy. I have found that a holistic approach is the most effective way to manage my illness.

Holistic health generally consists of five pillars - the mental, physical, emotional, social, and spiritual. By engaging in activity that addresses all five pillars, I have been able to stay in recovery.

With respect to the mental pillar, I read often and listen to uplifting music. Many of the books I read are inspiring stories of people who live with a mental health diagnosis. I also meditate sometimes.

With regard to the physical pillar, I engage in some form of exercise every day. Generally, while the weather is warm, I take walks. During the cold months, I work out indoors. I also practice some light yoga.

As far as the emotional pillar goes, I talk with my support systems, including family, friends, and medical providers. I also use my journal to write about and process my feelings.

With respect to the social pillar of holistic health, I stay in regular contact with friends and family. We discuss current events and what is going on in our lives. We also go on outings to the movies or to watch a ball game.

Finally, with regard to the spiritual pillar, I have attended a Buddhist temple and a Christian church. I have found comfort in the principles of both religions.

Holistic health is very important. Taking care of all aspects of your life is very important when you have a mental illness.

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