Greetings from Dr. Hernandez
Warm greetings to our patients and the community which we serve. It’s hard to believe that we are now well into the second month of the year. We would like to wish you all happiness, health, and wellness in 2023.
As we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month this May, it’s crucial to remember that mental health is as important as physical health, especially for the thriving community of Baby Boomer expats residing in Mexico. Retirement can often bring a sense of freedom, but it can also bring new challenges, including feelings of isolation, loneliness, or even depression, due to the shift in lifestyle, geographical location, and often, the language barrier. Living in a different country with distinct cultural norms and expectations can compound these issues, making it all the more critical to prioritize mental wellness.
Having a strong mental health foundation is not only about managing disorders like anxiety and depression, but also about maintaining a balanced, fulfilling life. Regularly engaging in physical activities, staying connected with family and friends, taking up new hobbies, and volunteering within your local community can help foster a positive mental state. In Mexico, there are numerous expat communities and organizations where you can find support and camaraderie. Additionally, many therapists and counselors offer teletherapy services in English, ensuring that language won’t be a barrier to seeking help. Remember, reaching out for help is not a sign of weakness, but a strength. This Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s pledge to take care of not just our physical, but also our mental wellbeing. And remember it’s ok to ask for help. Read more in the following article –
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This past CINCO DE MAYO the Rotary Club of Ajijic and SALVATI Guadalajara A.C. sponsored a BREAST CANCER SCREENING campaign for women ages 40-69 or those who have elevated risk factors. Chapala Med and its staff actively helped in the project. It was free of charge for all, including follow up care and guidance for those with a suspicious test result. I wanted it to be clear that this campaign was meant to increase breast cancer awareness and not to promote business for Chapala Med. We had about 40 women who were screened from the area.
This issue will be brief raising awareness of the top 5 health issues that affect the EXPAT population in the state of Jalisco.
As always, I’d like to remind our readers of our MISSION STATEMENT so that you are all aware of what we are striving to accomplish everyday and hold us to this mission.
Yours in health,
Santiago Hernandez M.D.