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Mental Health: What is it?
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, and family history of mental health problems.
What group/populations are most affected?
Mental health problems are very common. In 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one in five American adults experienced a mental health issue. In addition, one in 10 young people experienced a period of major depression and one in 25 Americans lived with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression. Here in Allen County, in 2014, 8 percent of our youth reported attempting suicide in the last 12 months. Also in Allen County, 12 percent of adults used a program or service to help with depression, anxiety, or emotional problems. 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, 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, and thinking of harming yourself or others.
Some ideas and 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, and developing coping skills.
What resources are available locally?
Coleman Behavioral Health
799 S. Main St.
Health Partners of Western Ohio, Clinical Counseling
441 E. 8th St.
Family Resource Center
530 W. Main St.
Life Management Center
915 W. Market
Covenant Ministry Services
1130 W. Market St.
Guiding Light Ministries
592 S. Main Street
Applied Psychological Services
2371 Western Ohio Avenue
Where can I find more information about this condition?
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services- http://www.mentalhealth.gov/
Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services- http://mha.ohio.gov/
National Institute of Mental Health- http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml