Mental Health/Behavioral Health

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

What is a mental illness?

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.

(Source: CDC)

Helplines

Local (Helen Farabee) Crisis Intervention Services 1-800-621-8504
Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255
Substance Abuse & Mental Health National Helpline                      1-800-662-HELP or 1-800-662-4357
OK2Talk Teen Helpline 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line 741741

Those who are at risk should call 911.


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