What is Mental Health?
Mental health is the state of well-being in which people understand their own potential, are capable of dealing with life’s stresses and challenges, form positive relationships with others, are able to contribute something to their community, and can work productively.
If a person experiences problems with mental health, his or her mood, thinking, and behavior can be affected greatly. There are numerous influences associated with mental health problems. These include biological factors, family history of psychiatric disorders, traumatic life experiences, or the use of alcohol, drugs, and other substances.
Early Signs of a Mental Health Problem – The following behaviors or feelings can be an early warning sign of a mental health problem:
Having low energy
Feeling of hopelessness or worthlessness
Excessive use of alcohol or drugs
Isolating oneself from other people
Having unexplained aches and pains
Thinking of harming oneself or others
Inability to perform day-to-day routines
Eating or sleeping too much or too little
Unusually irritable, edgy, scared, or worried
Having persistent thoughts that one can’t get out of his or her head
Inability to experience fun and pleasure from normally fun activities
Experiencing severe mood swings that cause relationship problems
Preserving One’s Mental Health
Maintaining good mental health can be achieved in many ways. This often includes connecting with others, getting adequate sleep, learning effective coping skills, staying positive, exercising regularly, growing in one’s faith, and seeking professional help if the need arises.
Definition of a Mental Illness – A mental illness is a health problem that greatly affects a person’s perception and behavior.
Some of the most common mental illnesses include:
Anxiety, panic attacks, and/or PTSD
At Next Step 2MH, we serve as a safe resource for Christians within our community who are struggling with their mental health. It is our goal to provide the highest level of care in a way that honors your Christian beliefs.