What is Mental Health?


Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans suffer from a mental health condition. Mental health includes your emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how you act, feel, think and helps determine how you handle decision making, stress, and how you relate to others.

In your lifetime,  if you experience mental health problems, your behavior, mood and thinking could be affected. There are many factors that contribute to mental health problems, such as biological factors like genes or brain chemistry, life experiences, such as trauma or abuse, and family history of mental health problems.

Listed below are a signs and symptoms a person may experience if suffering from  a mental health condition.

  •      – Problems concentrating, remembering facts and the ability to think clearly
  •      – Changes in diet, whether a loss of appetite or overeating
  •      – Unable to complete school or work tasks
  •      – Feeling overly worried, sad, empty, hopeless, or worthless
  •      – Irritable and restless
  •      – Loss of interest on activities that are usually enjoyable
  •      – Withdrawing from people (others)
  •      – Hearing and or seeing things
  •      – Changes in energy levels, such as a loss of sleep



If you are currently experiencing any of the following symptoms, you MUST seek IMMEDIATE assistance:

  •      – Thoughts or plans of killing or hurting one’s self or another person
  •      – Hearing voices or seeing things that no one else can hear or see
  •      – Unexplained changes in thinking, speech, or writing
  •      – Being overly suspicious or fearful
  •      – Serious drop in school or work performance
  •      – Sudden personality changes that are bizarre or out of character

If you are in a crisis or know somebody who is, DO NOT hesitate to call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), go to the Emergency Room or call 911.


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    Jennifer Andrews

    I agree that mental health is a real issue. I’ve had amazing family members that have struggled with it in a variety of forms. Is there a difference between a therapist and a mental health counselor? I know that a therapist can specialize in different things but I also know that colleges will have mental health counselors available to help students. Do you need to be diagnosed to justify a therapist?

    ReplyOctober 23, 2015 at 3:24 am
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    Annika Larson

    I think understanding what mental health is can really help find the right treatment for those that need it. My brother is struggling with some mental health problems very similar to the ones you described. I think perhaps finding him a counselor would be helpful. He has had a drastic change in diet as well as a tendency to withdraw from others. Thank you for sharing! We will be sure to get my brother the help he needs.

    ReplyJanuary 23, 2017 at 6:42 pm

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