Brookhaven Retreat Celebrates National Women’s Health Week

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Brookhaven Retreat, a unique voluntary residential facility exclusively for women with mental health and/or substance issues, celebrates National Women’s Health Week.

This year the week of May 13-19 is National Women’s Health Week. Coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Women’s Health, it is a week used as the opportunity to promote women’s health. The theme for 2012 is “It’s Your Time.” The goal of this week is to motivate women to make their health a top priority. National Women’s Health Week also provides women with five steps to help maintain their physical and mental health and lower the risks of certain diseases. The five steps that are advised are:

  • Visit a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventative screenings.
  • Get active
  • Eat healthy
  • Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
  • Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt of bicycle helmet.


Women often are the caregivers and they place the needs of their family or loved ones before themselves. Consequently, this can cause their health and well-being to become secondary. This week allows for everyone to support the significant women in their lives and to help encourage them to make their health a priority.

Brookhaven Retreat is a facility that is dedicated to the emotional restoration of women and developing the coping skills and life skills that are necessary to manage the demands of life and the adjustment of distorted thinking which can arise from the concealment of negative experiences.

On Friday May 18, 2012, to celebrate National Women’s Health Week, Brookhaven Retreat conducted a walk around the facility’s grounds and also a Health Habits lunch.

Brookhaven Retreat is proud to be a facility that specializes in helping women and National Women’s Health Week gives them the chance to recognize the importance in not only what they do as women for women at their facility, but to encourage all women to maintain their health and mental well-being.

About Brookhaven Retreat
Brookhaven Retreat is a women's treatment center nestled on a naturally beautiful 48-acre site secluded in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. It has helped hundreds of women across the United States overcome depression, trauma, anxiety, substance use and a range of other behavioral health challenges. Brookhaven’s Founder, Jacqueline Dawes, has predicated its gender-specific treatment on “healing emotional breakage” for women. In this way, she has established a sanctuary and a place where women can feel safe, secure and cared for by a staff of highly trained professionals.

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Amy Massaglia
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