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Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Mental health affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
Early Warning Signs
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:
Mental Health and Wellness
Positive mental health allows people to:
Ways to maintain positive mental health include:
For ideals and strategies to help manage your mental health, please check the resources below:
Connection with others and having deep and meaningful relationships helps improve mental health. It allows you to form a support network while building your listening and communication skills.
Celebrate every positive moment with family and friends. By doing this, research shows you will boost well-being by helping you enjoy good things even more and making great feelings last.
Focusing on the things that bring you joy is good for your health. Being happy promotes a healthy lifestyle and may also help combat stress, boost your immune system, protect your heart and reduce pain. Similarly, a Sense of Purpose has known benefits to our mood and lifestyle choices. Purpose is the sense of knowing that your life has meaning, value, and importance. A Sense of Purpose also helps when things go wrong. Purpose helps you to put those events in perspective, to refocus on the things that are meaningful to you, and to move ahead and enjoy life.