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The September-October edition includes the following articles:

Mental Health Treatment Works 

Concerned that you or a loved one may be experiencing mental illness? You are not alone. Get professional help.

 Mental health is an important part of overall health and well-being, yet mental illness affects millions of people and their families nationwide. Know that treatment for mental illness is effective—and help is a phone call away.

 Mental Illness Is Common, But Too Often Not Treated

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, about one in five adults had a mental illness. Without a doubt, the pandemic has affected the state of mental health in our country and made mental illness even more common. It is rare that a family is not touched by a mental health condition, one that can interfere with your or a loved one’s ability to work, sleep, eat, and enjoy life.

 Mental health disorders include anxiety, depression, seasonal effectiveness disorder, or more serious illnesses as bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and more. Unfortunately, most people with mental illness do not receive mental health services that they need.

 People with mental illness can have symptoms that include a range of feelings, emotions, or experiences, including:

  • Shifts in mood
  • Sadness
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Low energy
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Sleep problems

Mental illness is not always easy to detect. Someone does not need to have all these symptoms, perhaps just one or two.

 Treating a mental illness is not something to attempt on your own. Like many health conditions, help for mental illness takes professional diagnosis and treatment.

 Treatment Works, Treatment Is Available

The good news: Research shows treatment for mental illness works. With appropriate treatment, people can manage their illness, overcome challenges, and lead productive lives.

 Treatment for mental illness is effective. Mental health services also are covered by most health plans—by law. And like physical health conditions, it’s clear the earlier you get treatment for mental illness, the better—and the better you or your loved one will feel and do.

Need Help?

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of mental illness, get treatment or help them get treatment. Call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) for 24-hour, free and confidential treatment referral.



5 Easy Tips to Get More ZZZs 

  1. Everyday Routine 
    • Have a consistent bedtime routine (i.e. change into pajamas, brush teeth, wash face).
    • Go to bed and get up at the same time every day
    • Plan wind-down time 30 minutes before bed
    • have a notebook by bed to write down thoughts
  2. Electronics
    • Minimize use of cell phones/tablets in bedroom
    • Avoid using devices an hour or more before bed
    • Avoid checking email before bedtime
    • Avoid social media before bedtime
  3. Environment
    • Bedroom temperature comfortable - 60-67 
    • Lighting - Dark blinds, natural light
    • Comfortable mattress, pillow, etc.
    • Noise - invest in noise block
  4. Eating Healthy
    • Eat a well-balanced diet
    • Limit food and drink
    • Limit caffeine amounts before bedtime
    • Limit alcohol before bedtime
  5. Exercise
    • Get regular physical activity most days
    • Get 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity 5 times a week
    • Avoid vigorous exercise 4 hours before bed

Adapted from: National Sleep Foundation,

 Other Announcements Included in Newsletter 

  • Volunteers needed for 4-H Pancake Booth. to sign up.
  • CADA Awards luncheon to be held, October 28, 2021 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at the Loving Shepherd Ministries Event Center, 1935 N Main Street, Bluffton, IN 46714. Lunch is provided. Event is free and open to the public.
  • Extension Homemakers will have a community support work day on October 7, 2021, 9 am - 2 pm at the Wells County Community Center, 4-H Park, 1240 4-H Park Road, Bluffton, IN 46714. Bring a dish to pass for lunch. Drinks and table service will be provided.
  • Purdue Cooperative Extension Service will be offering a Retail Food Certification training and exam on November 10th & 17th at 9:00 AM. This is for food handlers who need to obtain a Retail Food Certificate.

    A photo ID with signature is required to take the exam. The cost of the training with exam and book is $165.00. The cost of the exam with the book is $115.00. The cost to take the exam only is $65.00. Pre-registration is required by November 3rd in order to receive a textbook and avoid a $20.00 late fee. To register go to

    For more information call  Molly Hoag, Wells County Extension Educator, or call The Education Store at 765-494-6794. The class will be at the Wells County Community Center, Bluffton, IN.

  •  The Wells County Health Fair is canceled for 2021. 


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