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.
Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, you’re thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
Family history of mental health problems
Mental health problems are common, but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.
Recovery Is Possible
Treatment and recovery are an ongoing processes that happens over time. The first step is getting help.
What Is Recovery?
Recovery from mental disorders and/or substance abuse disorders is a process of change through which individuals:
Improve their health and wellness
Live a self-directed life
Strive to achieve their full potential
Early Warning Signs
Not sure if you or someone you know is living with mental health problems? Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a problem:
- 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
Dimensions of Recovery
- Health: Make informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being.
- Home: Have a stable and safe place to live.
- Purpose: Engage in meaningful daily activities, such as a job or school, volunteering, caring for your family, or being creative. Work for independence, income, and resources to participate in society.
- Community: Build relationships and social networks that provide support.
Mental health is treatable it is like any other illness with the right treatment there is recovery.
For help or additional information please contact. All calls are confidential.
Mark Ciccarello Local 567 EAP Coordinator
817-688-2316 (24 hrs. 7 days.)
American Airlines EAP (Optum Health) DFW 972-425-7161 (7 a.m.-4 p.m.)
It’s very hard to ask for help but you cannot start to recover till you do please call.