As the days grow longer and the temperature rises, there’s an unmistakable sense of joy and vitality that comes with the arrival of summer. The season of sun-kissed skin, beach adventures, and outdoor escapades brings with it a unique opportunity to nurture our mental well-being. OUr director, Camille McDaniel, LPC, had the incredible privilege of joining The Weather Channel to discuss the remarkable mental health benefits that summer offers. In this blog post, we are excited to share with you the insights and discoveries explored during that enlightening conversation.

Summer has a way of lifting our spirits and revitalizing our minds. The warm sunshine invites us to step outside, explore new experiences, and connect with the beauty of nature. It’s a time when worries seem to fade into the background, replaced by a sense of freedom and possibility. But what exactly makes summer such a catalyst for our mental well-being?

In the following video interview, Camille had the opportunity to delve into the science and psychology behind the mental health benefits of summer. From increased vitamin D intake to the power of outdoor activities, she explores how these elements positively impact our mood, resilience, and overall mental well-being.

Join me now as we delve into this discussion. Discover the ways in which summer can bring a sense of rejuvenation, connection, and a renewed focus on self-care. Let’s uncover how this cherished season can become a transformative time for enhancing our mental health and well-being.



As the sun shines brightly and the world comes alive with vibrant colors, let us embark on a journey to embrace the mental health benefits of summer. Together, let’s soak up the wisdom, inspiration, and practical strategies that will help us make this summer our best one yet, both for ourselves and for our loved ones.


But what about people with SAD, you ask?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), characterized by low moods,  is a condition usually associated with Fall and Winter.  However, there is a smaller percentage of people who experience SAD in the Summer.  

What can you do?

If sunlight just doesn’t help to improve your mood the way it does for others,  you want to talk with a mental health professional.  In many cases, counseling can be very beneficial in helping you to achieve the relief you need and desire.  You can also join a group for support.  There are many people who are experiencing this and other variations of low mood.  There are many groups available through organizations in your area, ask your therapist for recommendations.  The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance has a large database of locations, you can find the group that’s right for you and this page has additional resources.

Next, if you consistently participated in the above methods for at least a month, without improvement, you may need to consider a medication evaluation.  You can talk with your primary care physician or psychiatrist about how this could help.  Medication in conjunction with counseling and/or group support can have wonderful results on your emotional and mental health.  Lastly, you can talk with your doctor about seeing if a herbalist, for a natural approach to managing your mood, is appropriate for your individual situation.