Mental health refers to our emotional, psychological, and social well-being and includes our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors1. Our mental health impacts all areas of our life, including our work life, home life and relationships, academic performance, and our participation in the community. Mental health is an essential part of your daily functioning.
Struggling with mental health and stress is a common life experience and there are benefits to addressing these issues. including increased emotion regulation, reduced anxiety, increased focus and concentration, improved closeness in relationships, and increased self-esteem2. Ultimately, daily life becomes easier to manage when your mind is well.
Everyone’s mental health needs are different. We all have different risk factors which may predispose us to develop a mental health disorder, or be susceptible to stress. Some risk factors include experiencing child abuse or neglect, sexual violence, having a family member diagnosed with a mental health disorder, or substance use and chemical dependence2.
Signs of Mental Health Issues
Warning signs of poor mental health can be subtle. If you recognize the following warning signs in yourself or your loved ones, please seek consultation with a mental health professional1:
How to Improve your Mental Health
Incorporating self-care strategies into your routine can help you stay well and improve your daily functioning. Consider the following recommendations1,3:
How to Get Help
Sometimes it is difficult to know where to start. Know that there is always a professional available to help you, and there is no shame in seeking a counselor or therapist. To find a therapist or mental health provider in your area, browse PsychologyToday or check out online therapy websites such as BetterHelp, or Thriveworks.
1MentalHealth.gov (2022, February 28). What is mental health? https://www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/what-is-mental-health
2Plumptre, E. (2021, November 15). Why is mental health important? https://www.verywellmind.com/the-importance-of-mental-health-for-wellbeing-5207938
3Cleveland Clinic (2021, January 28). Stress. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/11874-stress