Mental health and physical health are closely intertwined and both are necessary for “optimal” health. The World Health Organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Psychological well-being is often associated with reduced risk of physical illness - those who are happier tend to be healthier.

Mental illness is a serious and costly problem in the United States.

It's a broader issue than you think.

Mental illness is a large category that includes a broad spectrum of illnesses and disorders (including anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, depression, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, panic disorders, personality disorders, and suicide prevention) with anxiety and depression being two of the most common.

Here are some stats demonstrating the impact of mental illnesses:

Medication is often the first line of defense to treat mental illnesses.

Antidepressants are one of the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States and usage has increased by nearly 400% since the late 1980's and early 90's.  (Source)

More than 1 in 10 Americans (more than 30 million) aged 12 and over takes an antidepressant medication and for women in their 40s and 50s, the numbers are 1 in 4.  (Source)

Not only is research inconclusive about the effectiveness of antidepressants, but they also carry with them a host of negative side effects, including weight gain, sleep disruption, suicide risk, sexual side effects, dry mouth, headaches, anxiety, and more.   (Source)

Plant-based whole foods help improve mental health (including mood, depression, and anxiety) without the cost and side effects of medications.

Check out the videos and articles below to get a glimpse at
how plant-based whole foods can help with mental illnesses:

Plant Based Diets for Improved Mood and Productivity

Which Foods Increase Happiness

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The WNY22 is a 22-day plan centered on plant-based whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes (beans, peas, lentils, etc.). It provides the information, resources, and support to guide you through the first steps into experiencing a plant-based lifestyle!

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