What is Mental Health?
"A state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community".
What is Mental Illness?
"Health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or behavior (or a combination of these). Mental illnesses are associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities."
Mental Illness is COMMON and we need to learn about the signs and how to handle it.
Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors.
Signs of Mental Illness:
- Feeling sad or down
- Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate
- Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt
- Extreme mood changes of highs and lows
- Withdrawal from friends and activities
- Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping
- Detachment from reality (delusions), paranoia or hallucinations
- Problems with alcohol or drug use
- Excessive anger, hostility or violence
- Suicidal thinking
Questions you can ask a friend in need:
- How are you feeling?
- I’ve noticed you ______ . How are you feeling?
- You are important to me. How can I help?
- How would you like things to be different?
- I know ________. (Acknowledge something that is happening in their life.) Anything you want to talk about?
*This is your CALL TO ACTION to check on your friends, loved ones, co-workers and/or neighbors. These are uncertain times and it's important to reach out and help where we can.
If you or anyone you know is suffering from Mental Illness, Please Call a suicide hotline number.
In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or use its webchat on suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat.