What Is Mental Health?

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 choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

  • Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
  • Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
  • Family history of mental health problems

Early Warning Signs
Not sure if you or someone you know is living with mental health problems? Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a problem:

  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little
  • Pulling away from people and usual activities
  • Having low or no energy
  • Feeling numb or like nothing matters
  • Having unexplained aches and pains
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
  • Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
  • Yelling or fighting with family and friends
  • Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  • Having persistent thoughts and memories you can't get out of your head
  • 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

Mental Health and Wellness
Positive mental health allows people to:
  1. Realize their full potential
  2. Cope with the stresses of life
  3. Work productively
  4. Make meaningful contributions to their communities
  5. Ways to maintain positive mental health include:
Getting professional help if you need it
  • Connecting with others
  • Staying positive
  • Getting physically active
  • Helping others
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Developing coping skills
Why is mental health important in the workplace?
Having strong resilience in the workplace is fundamental to maintaining positive strategies for maintaining mental health and gives individuals the ability to self-generate positive emotions from physical activity, which forms a biological resource for habitual, long-term physical and psychological health benefits.

Do not feel ashamed or upset, seek the help that is available to you. There is Betterhelp for you. “This stuff is real, and it’s OK to not be OK. I’ve been home for treatment for over a year, and I’ve had multiple panic attacks, but they’re way more manageable. It’s OK to just admit you need help.”
Mental health concerns are often not “clear-cut” or “straight-forward”; mental health issues are more than just receiving a diagnosis and then going to treatment – they involve a lot of ups and downs, learning, growing, and a lot of hard work. Open this topic up for discussion provides an opportunity for everyone to learn more about mental illnesses, their symptoms, and effective treatment options so that we can all work towards living a happier, healthier life.

Discussing the topic of mental health can open a person’s support network. For example, telling a close friend or family member about a mental illness can provide a person with yet another person to share their worries and concerns with, and someone to reach out to if they need immediate help.

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