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Mental Health

Your mental, emotional and social well-being are important to your overall health. These factors can affect the way you think, feel and act in your daily life.

Mental health issues affect about one in five adults in the United States, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. It covers a wide range of conditions such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse problems. Early warning signs that someone may be suffering from mental health concerns could include:

  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little.
  • Smoking or drinking more than usual.
  • Using illegal drugs or abusing medications such as opioids.
  • Severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships.
  • Thinking of harming yourself or others.
  • Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school.

If you’ve experienced any of these problems or are concerned about your mental health or the mental health of a family member or friend, there are resources available to help you.

Getting Help

The first step is to find mental health resources and services in your area. There are organizations that can provide you with access to mental health testing, education, counseling and support groups. For more information, click on one of the links below.

If you are facing a medical emergency, please dial 9-1-1.

If you are thinking about suicide, please call:

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or TTY 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)
  • Red Nacional de Prevencion del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454
  • Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1
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