Mental Health Awareness

If you (or someone else) is thought to be a danger to yourself or someone else, then you should call 911 for immediate crisis intervention. Please visit or call the National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255 for more information and support.

Why is good mental health important?

Your mental health affects how you act, think, and feel. Biological factors, life experiences, and family history can all contribute to mental health problems. Mental health problems are common but treatable. If you experience any of the following warning signs, do not ignore them:

  • Pulling away from people and activities out of the norm
  • Feeling numb or like nothing matters
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Smoking, drinking or using drugs more than usual
  • Yelling or fighting with family and friends
  • Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  • Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
  • Thinking of harming yourself or others
  • Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school

What are different mental health diseases?

Not everyone experiences the same signs and symptoms, and not everyone develops the same disorders. The following are some common disorders:

  • Anxiety disorder
  • Behavioral disorder
  • Eating disorder
  • Substance use disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder(OCD)
  • Personality disorder
  • Psychotic disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD)
  • Mood disorders

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Check on your friends and family! Do not be afraid to reach out to them and give them encouragement!

If you believe you have a mental health problem it is important to talk about these issues with others, build a strong support system, and develop a recovery plan. Children, teens, young adults, and adults can all be affected by mental health problems. Do not question the validity of your feelings because of your age. Mental health can be a hard conversation to have but it is important to take care of others and your own mental health so you can cope with the stress, make meaningful contributions to your community, and enjoy life.

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