‘Energy Boosters’ is today’s theme during Mental Health Awareness Month

May 23, 2022

‘Energy Boosters’ is today’s theme during Mental Health Awareness Month

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Health Department’s Health Equity Office is recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness Month. This week’s article – submitted by Program Administrative Support Specialist Sherita Anderson – has a theme of “Energy Boosters.”

Everyone’s productivity goes up and down. But mental exhaustion can make it hard to concentrate. You might get distracted easily or start to miss deadlines. Even small tasks may seem overwhelming. Low mental energy can easily translate to a dop in physical energy.

We know that physical movement might not involve the same level of cognition as, say, preparing a report. Still, it requires brainpower. In honor of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, we need to address the causes of chronic fatigue and find ways to overcome them. Then, we will be able to boost energy and cognition, allowing us to meet our goals and excel in our endeavors.

Below is a list of three ways to boost your mental awareness when you are reaching an energy low and need a quick pick-me-up:
• Take a Walk Around the Office — Going to a walk around the office every two hours or so can be beneficial for your health and can boost energy levels.
• Eat Every Few Hours (Healthy Snacks Every 2-3 Hours) — Goods with a low glycemic index such as apples, whole wheat crackers, and nuts are best for sustaining concentration levels.
• Re-Center Your Mind — Find a quiet place and do a 5- to 10-minute breathing meditation. Apps such as Calm and Headspace are great for short, convenient meditation.

Sometimes, symptoms of mental exhaustion can occur due to an underlying medical condition. A person should talk to a doctor if they are experiencing any of the following:
• Chronic chest pain and heart tremors that persist after receiving treatment for mental exhaustion
• Feeling severely depressed or anxious
• Feeling exhausted after starting to take a new medication

This media product was supported by funds made available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, under 1 NH75OT000104-01-00. The content of this media product is that of the authors and does not necessarily stand for the official position of or endorsement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dauphin Island reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

May 23, 2022

Dauphin Island reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Ala. — Dauphin Island Water, Sewer and Fire Protection Authority responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow on May 20. The overflow occurred at 1304 Bienville Boulevard. Approximately 3,000 gallons is estimated to have reached Graveline Bay.

Officials say the cause of the SSO was a leak in a tidal flow ditch line. The SSO is intermittent because of the pumping station cycling. The leak is below the tide level in the ditch. Officials believe a creak in a gravity sewer line is the cause.

Dr. Kevin Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of this overflow. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

Area residents should take precautions when using this area of Graveline Bay for recreational purposes because of this overflow. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by grease blockage

May 17, 2022

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by grease blockage

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) on May 16 at 2301 Dauphin Island Parkway.

Approximately 75.5 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Dog River because of a grease blockage on the main line. MAWSS crews have cleared the blockage and steps are being taken to prevent future overflows at this location.

Grease blockages occur when foods containing fats, oil or grease are put down the drain. MAWSS provides free containers for grease recycling. You can learn more about the program by visiting www.itseasytobeungreasy.com.

Dr. Kevin P. Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of this overflow. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

Area residents should take precautions when using Dog River for recreational purposes because of this overflow. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

‘Stress Relievers’ is today’s theme during Mental Health Awareness Month

May 16, 2022

‘Stress Relievers’ is today’s theme during Mental Health Awareness Month

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Health Department’s Health Equity Office is recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness Month. This week’s article – submitted by Outreach Educator Skandan Ananthasekar – has a theme of “Stress Relievers.”

Stress is a normal response to situational pressures and demands. Acute stress is adaptive because it can help us focus and be more productive. However, chronic stress can become harmful, affecting your body, mind, and spirit. Chronic stress can weaken your immune system making it easier for you to become ill and increases your risk for mental health problems. Chronic stress can also worsen symptoms for those that are already suffering from mental illness.

Stress can contribute to health disparities because stressors are not evenly distributed across the population. Individuals from vulnerable populations (racial/ethnic minorities, individuals of low socioeconomic status) are often exposed to chronic stressors than other populations. Examples of chronic stressors include financial difficulties, discriminatory acts, exposure to violence, and limited access to quality health care.

A lack of sufficient resources to meet the demands of everyday life or unforeseen circumstances can make even minor demands more stressful. Individuals in low socioeconomic status (SES) neighborhoods are often in unsafe neighborhoods, exposed to greater levels of crime, and must be constantly vigilant about their environment. Racial discrimination further compounds these effects by creating barriers to access the necessary resources to overcome stressors.

Reducing the effects of stressors on vulnerable populations will take systemic level interventions such as improving economic access, reducing violence, and reducing discrimination in our institutions. However, there are individual level stress-relieving techniques that can help improve your quality of life. Mind-body programs such as meditation, guided imagery, and expressive art are among the most promising stress reduction techniques. These practices can help focus your attention and create a sense of inner calm and peace.

Another strategy is to schedule time within your day for things that you enjoy. Hobbies such as gardening, artistic pursuits, and playing music helps reduce stress. People struggling with stress often want to isolate themselves, but social contact can be a good stress reliever because you are able to receive support from people that care about you. This includes connecting with friends and family, joining a community with similar interests, or volunteering for charitable groups. Other useful techniques for reducing stress include eating well, exercising regularly, proper sleep hygiene, and avoiding alcohol and drugs.

However, stress can challenge your ability to cope, and sometimes professional help is needed. Resources available to our community include:

National Alliance on Mental Illness Help Line: 800-950-NAMI (6264)
AltaPointe Health Crisis Response Team: 251-450-2211
Veterans Recovery Resources: 251-405-3677
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)

This media product was supported by funds made available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, under 1 NH75OT000104-01-00. The content of this media product is that of the authors and does not necessarily stand for the official position of or endorsement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by third party

May 13, 2022

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by third party

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by a third party on May 12 at 1500 Snow Road South.

Approximately 910 gallons of wastewater overflowed from a private grinder pump. An estimated 300 gallons reached into Millers Creek, while MAWSS crews reclaimed 610 gallons. The property owner has been notified and will make all necessary repairs.

Dr. Kevin P. Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of this overflow. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

Area residents should take precautions when using Millers Creek for recreational purposes because of this overflow. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

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