What Is 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.
World Mental Health Day, observed on 10 October, is an opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health. This year, the theme is suicide prevention.
If you are in crisis, reach out for help. Text REASON to 741741.
Free, 24/7, confidential.
Find additional support and services through these resources and advocacy organizations:
LGBTQ youth suicide prevention & crisis intervention: The Trevor Project
Suicide prevention advocacy: American Association of Suicidology
Suicide Prevention: Thursday’s Child
Sexual assault & healing: RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
For men who have experienced sexual abuse or assault (18+): 1in6
Depression: National Institute for Mental Health
Substance abuse prevention and education: DARE
Drug abuse and addiction: National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens
Alcohol abuse: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
School Counselors: American School Counselors Association
Mental Health: Mental Health America
Gun Violence: American Public Health Association