The Texoma Behavioral Health Leadership Team has invited the public to tour area organizations and learn about mental health services and projects in Texoma this month.


Texoma Community Center will hold the first open house Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 315 McLain St. in Sherman. Other open houses will be held by Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Services, Texoma Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Center, Texoma Specialty Counseling, Texoma Community Center’s Mental Health First Aid, the Child and Family Guidance Center, the National Alliance of Mental Illness and the office of Dr. Bill Mory.


Local leaders of the Texoma Behavioral Health Leadership Team said it is important to remember that mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.


May was first named Mental Health Month 69 years ago by Health America in order to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. This year’s theme for Mental Health Month is focused on how a healthy lifestyle may help prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems.


“Area leaders have been working on #LifeActivated — building a culture of health, mind, body and soul throughout our region,” TBHLT member Jeremy McMillen, who is also Grayson College’s president, said.


Mental health officials have said eating healthy foods, managing stress, exercising and getting enough sleep can go a long way in making you both physically and mentally healthy.


“It is important to really look at your overall health, both physically and mentally, to achieve wellness,” Texoma Behavioral Leadership Team Co-Chairman Tom Watt, who is also Grayson County sheriff, said.


The National Alliance of Mental Illness will hold an open house Thursday at 7 p.m. at 815 S. Dewey Ave. in Sherman. Dr. Mory’s office’s open house will be Monday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 219 S. Travis St. in Sherman. TMC’s Behavioral Health Center open house will be Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 2601 Cornerstone Dr. in Sherman. WNJ’s Behavioral Health Services open house will be May 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 500 N. Highland in Sherman. Texoma Specialty Counseling will hold an open house May 25 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 227 S. Travis St. in Sherman. TCC’s Mental Health First Aid open house will be May 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Grayson College’s Center for Workplace Learning. The Child and Family Guidance Center’s open house will be June 1 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 804 Pecan Grove Rd. in Sherman.


Mental Health America has developed a series of fact sheets, available at www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may, on the importance of exercise, diet and nutrition, gut health, sleep and stress management.


The organization is also doing the #4Mind4Body Challenge, where it calls on everyone to join in on completing a small task each day during the month of May — and sharing the experience on social media using #4Mind4Body.


For more information on Mental Health Month, visit Mental Health America’s website at www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may.