What is mental health? Mental health includes your emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how you think, feel and act as you cope with life. It also helps determine how you handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Why is mental health important? Mental health is important because it can help you to cope with the stresses of life and be physically healthy. It also is key to maintaining good relationships with others and being productive at work.
What are mental illnesses? Mental illnesses are serious disorders that can affect your thinking, mood and behavior. They may be occasional or long-lasting and can affect your ability to relate to others and function each day. Mental disorders are common; more than half of all Americans will be diagnosed with a mental disorder at some time in their life—but there are treatments. People with mental health problems can get better, and many of them recover completely.
How do I recognize conditions of mental illness? Each mental health condition has its own signs and symptoms. Many people who have mental health conditions consider their signs and symptoms a normal part of life or avoid treatment out of shame or fear.
In general, professional help might be needed if you experience: changes in personality, eating or sleeping patterns, an inability to cope with problems or daily activities, strange or grandiose ideas, excessive anxiety, prolonged depression or apathy, thinking or talking about suicide, substance abuse and/or extreme mood swings or excessive anger.
How can I improve my mental health? Try staying positive and being physically active. Connecting with others and getting enough sleep can help with your mental health. Finally, do not be afraid of getting professional help if you need it. They can help you develop coping skills and a sense of meaning and purpose in life.
If you are concerned about your mental health at anytime, don’t hesitate to seek advice. BHS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 800-245-1150.