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Welcome to the Indiana State Department of Health’s Office of Women’s Health webpage. The Office of Women’s Health (OWH) is so pleased that you have chosen to learn about how our state is working to help improve the health of women. We believe that every woman should have access to free, up-to-date and reliable resources to find out information about her health. The Office of Women’s Health wants to ensure that each woman and girl in Indiana is aware of her own health status, risks and goals, and can achieve optimal health through access, education and advocacy. Our website is inclusive of all OWH’s programs, and has a page of resources to help guide you in improving your health. Thank you for visiting our site, and we wish you good health!
The OWH has built an interactive map that provides you with local resources that have female membership or serve women in Hoosier communities. Click on your county to find organizations located near you, as well as groups and organizations that can serve you in your community.
Our map is always growing and is not inclusive of all women-focused services or groups in Indiana. If you or your organization are interested in being added to this map, or you need to update currently listed information on the map, please email the Office of Women's Health at OWH@isdh.in.gov for the informational form.
There are many people and organizations in our state working toward improving the health of Hoosier women and families. Join them for the 2016 events listed below!
9/15 - 9/16 - IU National Center of Excellence in Women's Health - Women of INFluence 5th Annual Symposium - Email Tisha Reid at firstname.lastname@example.org
10/17 - Indiana State Department of Health - 2016 Labor of Love Infant Mortality Summit
Monthly Health Observances - August 2016
When anger becomes a problem
One of the most basic and important human emotions is anger. When we get mad, our bodies release the hormone adrenaline which can increase our blood pressure and heart rate and tighten our muscles. Our cognitive response is how we think about the anger we are feeling. The behavioral component to anger is when we react to our anger and display behavior that signals how we are feeling. Most anger is triggered by an event, and our cognitive and behavioral responses often depend on how we were feeling before we got angry (i.e. happy vs. depressed) and our personality traits (i.e. competitive vs. easy-going). If you have trouble managing the signs of anger you experience and it is disrupting your life, there are techniques that can help:
· Pay attention to your thoughts when you are angry. Try to replace irrational thoughts (i.e. “Everything is ruined!”) with more rational thoughts (i.e. “I know I did my best.”).
· Problem solve. Often our anger and frustrations come from very real problems in our lives. Sometimes it is a healthy reaction, especially when problems do not have a clear solution. Try to make a plan for these circumstances and focus on how you handle the problem instead of just how to find a solution.
· Communicate. When we are angry, we often jump to conclusions. Slow down and think carefully about what you want to say, and to what is being said. Consider what is underlying the other person’s words – are they scared, neglected or feeling depressed?
· Consider timing. Do you always run into the same conversation that makes you mad right before bed? Schedule times to talk about stressful or frustrating topics to avoid arguments.
· Avoid it. If you get mad every time you see an unmade bed, shut the bedroom door. Do not make yourself constantly face what makes you angry. Be proactive and create a plan to address the problem so it is not there to begin with.9
· Get help. You can call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) to talk about your feelings and get help before your anger gets out of control.
Visit the Office of Women’s Health webpage for regular updates on women’s health-related issues and community services and programs that help promote women’s health and wellness across the state.
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