By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 1, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- On Wednesday, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and the Apalachee Center hosted a stress and anxiety workshop at Goodwood Museum.
At the workshop, experts talked about the stresses of work, family and current events and how they can impact mental health.
Activities were offered to ease tension, including animal and art therapy, gardening and meditation.
"We have discovered that our stress levels in Leon County are actually higher than national averages," said Melissa Dancer, the director of health promotion at TMH. "We found that we have pockets or neighborhoods where the stress levels are actually even higher than comparatively to other areas of the city."
A recent study found 80 percent of primary care visits can be traced back to stress. Experts advise we all need to take time to tend to our mental health.