What is mental health? Mental health includes three components: our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, how will feel, and how we act.
It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to other people, and make decisions. Mental health is important at every phase of life, from childhood through adulthood.
Many factors contribute to mental health problems which include:
- biological (e.g., genes, brain chemistry)
- life experiences (e.g., trauma, abuse (home, work, school)
- family history of mental health problems
Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a mental health 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
There is nothing to be ashamed of. People with mental health problems can get better with the right treatment.
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