Your Overall Well-being Begins with a Healthy Mind

42-43133133The way you think and feel make up part of your mental health. It impacts the way you live, how you react to things, and how you relate to people. Mental health is important at every stage of life. And just like going to your doctor for a yearly exam, your mental health sometimes needs a checkup too.

Early warning signs

There is no easy way to test or be aware that someone you know has a mental illness. Each illness has its own symptoms. There are, however, common warning signs of mental illness that include:

Children

  • Changes in school behavior or performance (e.g., bad school grades, fighting with students, etc.)
  • Worried all the time
  • Angry often
  • Having lots of nightmares
  • Yelling or screaming to get noticed
  • Sleeping or eating too little or too much
  • Crying or being sad more than usual

Adolescents and adults

  • Extreme worrying or fear
  • Mood and behavior changes
  • Having trouble thinking, confused
  • Feeling like nothing matters
  • Avoiding family and friends
  • Unable to do daily things like go to school, work or normal tasks
  • Sleeping or eating too little or too much
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Drinking alcohol or using drugs often
  • Thinking about harming yourself or others

Don’t go it alone

It can be hard to talk about mental health. You may not want to see a doctor or a therapist because of what people might think or say. Keep in mind that mental illness is a very common problem, but it isn’t something you can fix yourself. And without help, mental illness can get worse. If you’re having trouble with your mental wellbeing don’t be afraid to have an open talk with your doctor.

Sources of help

Please know that there is help if you or someone you know might have a mental health illness. Your doctor is a good first step. He or she can connect you with the right people and services. Health Net’s Managed Health Network (MHN) can also help find a mental health expert for you. If you need help right away, please consider:

  • 911 for emergency situations
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) if you or someone you know is thinking about death by suicide.
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment Referral Helpline at 1-877-SAMHSA7 (1-877-726-4727) for treatment services in your area.
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website: www.nami.org/Learn-More/Know-the-Warning-Signs
  • Contacting MHN. Call the number on the back of your ID card for a referral to a mental health expert who can assist you.

 

 

 

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Gabriel Padilla