Safe and Stable Housing
Having a safe and stable place to live should be the right of all humans but the reality is, roughly 150 million people worldwide are homeless with approximately 580,000 of them right here on US soil. Whether it is overcrowded living conditions, abuse, poverty, eviction or homelessness, housing insecurity can negatively impact the overall health of an individual. Just the thought that one may not know where they will sleep at night can create overwhelming anxiety, stress and fear. Due to their vulnerability individuals are then at risk for drug abuse, physical/mental/emotional abuse, sexual exploitation and criminal activity that then exposes them to physical and mental illness. It is difficult to address health, employment, familial and other challenges without having safe and stable housing. The Dismas Home of New Hampshire, is one of the only houses in New Hampshire offering women a safe, stable space to rebuild and have the tools needed to succeed.
Healthy Home Environments
Neighborhoods and Towns
The Outdoors and Nature
Ever wonder why people feel so refreshed and alive while interacting with nature and the outdoors? Studies indicate that spending just 20 minutes outdoors can promote the body’s production of cortisol and allows the mind and body to relax. The Winter months are hard on not only our bodies but also on our minds and souls causing many to suffer from seasonal affective disorder. Once spring rolls around and the slumber is over the outdoors appeals to all of our senses; from the sight of vibrant flowers to the cool breeze caressing our skin, like the trees we are brought back to life. Nature and all the beauty it offers is not only good for our mental frame of mind but also for our physical bodies.
As we observe mental health awareness month this May, the Dismas Home of New Hampshire urges each and everyone to look around, look within and understand the role our environment plays in shaping who we become.