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Issues2019-01-06T00:24:32+00:00

Background on the Impact of Behavioral Health

We all experience different levels of mental health throughout our lifetime, but when mental health challenges are persistent and interfere with daily life, such as work or relationships, it’s time to seek additional support.

There are many kinds of mental health disorders – depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and others – and while we don’t know all the causes, we do know that they are not the result of weakness or personal failing and that they are highly treatable. In fact, with treatment and support, 70-90% of people with a mental health challenge report reduced symptoms and improved quality of life.

Children’s mental health problems are real, common and treatable. Although one in five children has a diagnosable mental health problem, nearly two-thirds of them get little or no help.

Untreated mental health problems can undermine a child’s ability to thrive at home, school and in the community. Without treatment, children with mental health issues are at increased risk for problems now and later in life, such as problems in school (including dropping out), getting involved with the criminal justice system, unemployment and suicide.

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RECOGNIZING SYMPTOMS

We all experience different levels of mental health throughout our lifetime, but when mental health challenges are persistent and interfere with daily life, such as work or relationships, it’s time to seek additional support. There are many kinds of mental health disorders – depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and others.

2019-01-06T00:22:12+00:00

TREATMENT AND RECOVERY

Though there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for mental illness, recovery is possible and help is available. Here are answers to a few commonly asked questions. Whether you are experiencing a mental health challenge yourself or seeking to help someone you care about, the first step is reaching out and connecting with support. Speak Up and get on the road to recovery.

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CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH

Tumbles, scrapes, ouches, owies and boo-boos: just another day in the life of a parent. But what about invisible pain? The kind of pain you can’t kiss and make better. Like the doctor you turn to for fevers and flus, there’s help out there for that kind of pain, too. Children’s mental health problems are real, common and treatable.

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SUICIDE PREVENTION

People who are suicidal often say or do things that are signals of their intentions. These warning signs provide an opportunity to start a conversation, even if it is difficult. You may be unsure of how you can help or uncertain of whether the person is actually in serious trouble, but asking about their feelings or intentions is an important first step.

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WELLNESS

Wellness goes beyond routine visits to your doctor, staying fit and maintaining a healthy diet. It refers to overall well-being, including a balance among physical, mental, emotional, intellectual, occupational, behavioral and spiritual health that gives us the ability to feel good about ourselves and enjoy our lives.

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ADDICTION AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

It is not uncommon for mental health problems and substance abuse sometimes occur together. About a third of people experiencing a mental illness also misuse alcohol or other drugs. More than one-third of people who have problems with alcohol, and more than half who misuse drugs, experience mental illness.

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