Mental Health


Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.    -

warning signs:


  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little

  • Pulling away from people and usual activities

  • Having low or no energy

  • Feeling numb or like nothing matters

  • Having unexplained aches and pains

  • Feeling helpless or hopeless

  • Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual

  • Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared

  • Yelling or fighting with family and friends

  • Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships

  • Having persistent thoughts and memories you can't get out of your head

  • Hearing voices or believing things that are not true

  • Thinking of harming yourself or others

  • Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school


The misuse and abuse of alcohol, over-the-counter medications, illicit drugs, and tobacco affect the health and well-being of millions of Americans.    - substance abuse and mental health services admin

warning signs:


  • Mood changes (temper flare-ups, irritability, defensiveness)

  • Academic problems (poor attendance, low grades, disciplinary action)

  • Changing friends and a reluctance to have parents/family get to know the new friends

  • A "nothing matters" attitude (lack of involvement in former interests, general low energy)

  • Finding substances (drug or alcohol) in youth’s room or personal effects

  • Physical or mental changes (memory lapses, poor concentration, lack of coordination, slurred speech, etc.)


Health: general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor:  good health; poor health.​

Wellness: the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort.

Our bodies and minds need many things to maintain good health and wellness.  

  • Social wellness

  • Occupational wellness

  • Spiritual wellness

  • Physical wellness

  • Intellectual wellness

  • Financial wellness

  • Community and environmental wellness.

Dimensions of wellness       

All aspects of wellness are intertwined                


Domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence (IPV), domestic abuse or relationship abuse) is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship.  Domestic violence does not discriminate.  Anyone can be a victim, regardless of race, age, gender, sexual orientation or  socioeconomic status.  

Does your partner ever….

  • Insult, demean or embarrass you with put-downs?

  • Control what you do, who you talk to or where you go?

  • Look at you or act in ways that scare you?

  • Push you, slap you, choke you or hit you?

  • Stop you from seeing your friends or family members?

  • Control the money? Take your money or Social Security check, make you ask for money or refuse to give you money?

  • Make all of the decisions without your input or consideration of your needs?

  • Tell you that you’re a bad parent or threaten to take away your children?

  • Prevent you from working or attending school?

  • Act like the abuse is no big deal, deny the abuse or tell you it’s your own fault?

  • Destroy your property or threaten to kill your pets?

  • Intimidate you with guns, knives or other weapons?

  • Attempt to force you to drop criminal charges?

  • Threaten to commit suicide, or threaten to kill you?

If you answered ‘yes’ to even one of these questions, you may be in an unhealthy or abusive relationship.


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