Reducing impact of mental illness in America's communities
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"Mental and emotional wellness is essential for overall health and wellbeing" 
Maxine Bigby Cunningham
Founder & CEO
Speaker | Author | Advocate

Volume 1, Issue 3

September 2013

Welcome to this issue of....

Keys to Mental and Emotional Wellness Solutions!

September marks the observances of  National Recovery Month, World Suicide Prevention Day and National Wellness Week

In the United States, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which is within the Federal Department of Health and Human Services, is a public leader and coordinator of these autumn events. These observances highlight  the conviction that effective behavioral health service systems and community-wide strategies are pre-requisites for healthy and vibrant communities.

Recovery is a process which addresses the whole person. The recommended resources listed below are holistic practices to help you optimize mental and emotional wellness.

September also marks a change of seasons. With the new season, we can expect  fewer daylight hours, revised schedules (work, childcare, school) and initiation of holiday planning. For some, the season of Autumn triggers seasonal affective disorder. Our next issue focuses on self-management of S.A.D and other symptoms of emotional/mental dis-ease. 

Wellness Facts:
  • Persons with serious substance abuse and mental health problems have a life expectancy of 25 years less than others.
  • The decreased life expectancy is largely due to medically treatable conditions.
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among Americans
  • There are an estimated 12 attempted suicides for every one suicide death.
  • Men die by suicide four times as often as women, but women attempt suicide two to three times as often as men.
Wellness Strategies:
Actions that will reduce morbidity and mortality for this population include:
  • Integration of physical and mental health care and other health reforms 
  • Education and support for persons directly affected
  • Education and training for persons in our communities whose actions impact recovery of persons with substance addiction or mental illness, e.g., employers, housing providers, neighbors, elected officials, law enforcement officers, teachers, etc.
  • Leadership, advocacy and de-stigmatization of substance addiction and mental illnesses.
Protective factors that reduce suicide attempts include:
  • Effective mental health care
  • Connectedness
  • Problem solving/coping skills

SAMHSA has delineated four major dimensions that support a life in recovery:

1.  Health
    Overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms

2.  Home
     A stable and safe place to live

3.  Purpose
     Meaningful daily activities 

4.  Community
     Relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope

Evidence-based practices demonstrate that: 

  • Prevention does work
  • Treatment is effective
  • Recovery is possible

Recovery is a journey. It is non-linear, person-directed and often very difficult. Public observances of recovery can be very personal. READ MORE... 
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~  RECOMMENDED RESOURCE  ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 

Intuitive Body Coaching 
A proprietary Healing Modality for women who
want more out of life!

Certified coaches guide and support their clients in clarifying goals and identifying action steps for their client's self-.empowerment. Using coaching services is one pathway to wellness.   

Meet Lane Cobb, CPCC, LMT

Lane Cobb, CPCC, LMT,  is a holistic life coach and an intuitive bodyworker. Intuitive body coaching is a proprietary healing modality developed for women who want an optimal level of social, emotional and mental wellbeing.

Intuitive Body Coaching supports clients who  experience symptoms of a condition of less than optimal wellbeing such as:

  • Confusion
  • Indecision
  • Overwhelm
  • Lack of Focus
  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Negativity

Body coaching opens the door to experiences of: 

  • Joy
  • Clarity
  • Focus
  • Strength
  • Energy and Motivation
  • Freedom to live a life that is pleasing to their spirit and in alignment with their purpose!
Through her blog - Straight Talk, individual sessions, workshops and presentations, Lane Cobb encourages women to connect with their inner wisdom and to build an ability to leverage self-healing.
September 14, 2013, 8:00 a.m.
Radio Interview 
Real Women-Real Talk
Dial In @ (347) 996-5568

September 28, 2013, 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Book Signing
Baltimore City Book Festival
October 18 – 19, 2013  
Artist/Panelist – “After the Diagnosis”
Real Women, Real Talk Round Table 

December 14, 2013, 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Panelist/Book Signing
Christian Writers Literary Festival

Empowered Walking Enterprise LLC offers services and products to help individual, groups and communities seeking an optimal level of mental and emotional wellness.

Power Walking, A Journey to Wholeness is available online and at your local bookstore. To learn more, visit

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