What is Mental Health?
There are multiple definitions for this but we want to direct you to www.mentalhealth.gov for more information.
How do you know if you need a mental health checkup?
When your feelings get very intense, last for a long period of time and begin to interfere with school, work, and relationships, it may be a sign that you need to talk to someone. You should always be discussing your feelings with your parents and you should immediately make them aware of any of the warning signs listed below.
Warning Signs of a Problem if you:
- Often feels very angry or very worried
- Can’t sleep or eat
- Are unable to enjoy pleasurable activities any more
- Isolates yourself and avoids friends and family
- Feels sad for a long time after a loss
- Hurts other people or destroys property
- Has low or no energy
- Smokes, drinks, or uses drugs
- Can’t control your emotions
- Has thoughts of hurting yourself
- Feel out of control
- Hear voices
Mental health problems can be treated, talk to your parents, school counselor, or health care provider- everyone wants to help.
Please remember the first step is to go to a parent, teacher, school counselor or a trusted adult. Tell them what problems you are having. However, if you are ever thinking of hurting yourself or others, get help immediately.
You can call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1.800.273.TALK (8255).
There is also an Find Someone To Help Topic in this section of the website. This topic lists multiple numbers to call for help.