Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Mental illnesses are conditions that affect a person’s thinking, feeling, mood or behavior, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. Such conditions may be occasional or long-lasting (chronic) and affect someone’s ability to relate to others and function each day.
Although the terms are often used interchangeably, poor mental health and mental illness are not the same things. A person can experience poor mental health and not be diagnosed with a mental illness. Likewise, a person diagnosed with a mental illness can experience periods of physical, mental, and social well-being.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Mental Health America Inc. (MHA) offers a FREE online mental health test. This screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.
Each year, millions of people in the U.S. struggle with a mental health condition such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, psychosis, addiction, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and other real, common and treatable conditions.
Source: Mental Health America Inc. (MHA)
Mental illnesses are among the most common health conditions in the United States.
Source: Centers for Disease Control
Making it a point to check in on kids’ daily mental health gives them a window of opportunity to ask for help if or when they need it.
To start a conversation:
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