Everyone is facing some sort of personal challenge. They may not talk about it, but there is something going on in everybody’s life, experts say.


To help people get through challenges, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is offering an easy way to obtain tips on everything from substance abuse to sleep deprivation and other issues.


A program called Navigating Life enables people to sign up for regular email updates filled with useful information giving keys on how to best make it through life’s sometimes rocky journey, according to a news release.


“With Navigating Life, we provide quick tips for better living in the areas of personal well being, relationships and parenting,” said Ashley Foster, a program associate with the Family Life team at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. “We try to give little tidbits so people keep interest without giving them too much to read.”


During May, the Cooperative Extension Service is spreading awareness about mental health and encouraging residents to sign up for email updates.


Currently, the Navigating Life program has 7,468 people signed up, and Foster said the goal is to reach 10,000 people.


Foster is also urging people to “like” the program on Facebook and follow on Twitter.


More than one in five Americans have some sort of mental health issue they are struggling with. That’s more than 40 million people, Foster said.


Navigating Life, which began in 2011, also provides information through a blog on the UAEX website as well as on Facebook.


“We have a lot of people who want to know more about fostering friendships, co-parenting and divorce,” Foster said.


Managing stress is another hot topic in people’s lives, she said.


The information comes from researchers around the country and also from experts with Extension Services in other states.


According to one user of the Navigating life service: “The Navigating articles allow me to reflect — all for the positive though there may be negativity or pain going in my life. It’s OK that life is messy sometimes, but it’s our attitude towards life’s vacillations that is important, and Navigating reminds me to slow down and put things in perspective.


To access the Navigating Life blog and to sign up for informational emails, go to https://www.uaex.edu/navigatinglife.


Like Navigating Life on Facebook at Navigating Life and follow at Twitter.


To learn about other health and living resources offered through the Division of Agriculture, contact a Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit www.uaex.edu.


The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without discrimination.


— Seth Blomeley is with the U of A System Division of Agriculture.