Brookhaven Retreat Recognizes Cervical Health Awareness Month’s Importance to Women with Mental Health Issues

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Brookhaven Retreat, a unique residential treatment facility exclusively for women with mental health and/or substance abuse issues, observes Cervical Health Awareness Month and the importance of awareness to women in recovery.

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Hosted by the National Cervical Cancer Coalition, this campaign was established to create awareness and increase participation in preventative techniques relating to cervical cancer. In January, Brookhaven Retreat plans to raise awareness of this serious women’s issue and the importance of medical planning to create a healthy whole.

According to the National Cancer Institute an estimated 12,170 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cervical cancer by the end of 2014. This issue is of critical importance to women, especially those whose mental health or substance abuse issues may have prevented routine screening.

For women with mental health or substance abuse issues caring for her medical needs may be pushed aside, as her depression, anxiety or emotional issues become overwhelming. Poor mental wellness may cause women to isolate from the outside world and ignore important medical appointments.

The United States Preventative Services Task Force recommends Pap test screening every three years. This routine screening can reduce the incidence of cervical cancer by up to 80 percent, according to the European Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Cervical Cancer Screening, making it of critical importance to all women of testable age.

Throughout this month long campaign, Brookhaven Retreat will encourage both clients and staff to include routine screenings and preventative methods in their individual comprehensive health plans. Making routine appointments in advance, keeping a calendar and being aware of the importance of screening all reduce reasons to avoid checkups. By making medical health part of their recovery plan, women are able to live healthier and more fulfilled lives.

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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