Behavioral Health is described by the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) as:
- the promotion of mental health, resilience, and wellbeing;
- the treatment of mental and substance use disorders;
- the support of those who experience and/or are in recovery from these conditions, along with their families and communities.
Mental and substance use disorders are among the top conditions that cause disability in the United States. According to SAMHSA substance use and mental disorders can make daily activities difficult and impair a person’s ability to work, interact with family, and fulfill other major life functions. Preventing mental and/or substance use disorders or co-occurring disorders and related problems is critical to behavioral and physical health. For these reasons the Sierra Kings Health Care District is dedicated to investing in strategies that promote behavioral health awareness, education, prevention and supports in our community. Behavioral Health starts with you. Making time to check in with yourself, to assess your physical and emotional needs, is an essential part of living well.
Poor mental health can present in a variety of ways and may impact our emotional, psychological, and social well-being (Centers for Disease Control). In turn, this may affect how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental Health is important for overall health and well-being. The good news is people with mental illness can be treated or even recover. Friends and family can be important influences to help someone get the treatment and services they need. If you know someone struggling with mental health, you can help by reaching out and letting them know help is available, helping them access mental health services, and learning and sharing the facts about mental health with them.
FACTS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH
- Mental illnesses are among the most common health conditions in the United States. About 1 in 5 American adults and children will experience a mental illness at some point in their lives.
- Mental health problems have nothing to do with being lazy or weak. Contributing factors include biological factors, stressful or traumatic life events, family history of mental health problems and use of alcohol or drugs. As physical health and mental health are interrelated, even long-lasting chronic health conditions may cause mental illness.
- Poor mental health increases the risk for chronic physical conditions like heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people ages 15-34 in the United States. In 2020, it accounted for the loss of more than 45,979 American lives, nearly double that of lives lost to homicide.
- Most people with mental illness are not violent. In fact, they are more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population. You probably know someone with a mental health problem and don’t even realize it, because many people with mental health problems are highly active and productive members of our communities.
- Half of all mental illness occurs before a person turns 14 years old, and three-quarters of mental illness begin before age 24.
- Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year.
- Treatment for mental health problems varies depending on the individual and could include medication, therapy, or both.
- Promoting the social-emotional well-being of children and youth leads to: Higher overall productivity, better educational outcomes, lower crime rates, stronger economies, lower health care costs, improved quality of life, increased lifespan, and improved family life.
QUICK TIPSCare for yourself one small way each day and maintain positivity by considering the following:
- Take breaks to relax and unwind through yoga, music, reading, gardening, and exploring a new hobby.
- Find new ways to safely connect with family and friends, get support, and share feelings.
- Take care of your body and get moving to lessen fatigue, anxiety, or sadness. Try doing something you enjoy outside, like going to the park or jogging.
- Treat yourself to healthy foods and get enough sleep.
- Stay positive and practice mindfulness.
- Engage in meaningful daily activities such as a job or school, volunteering, caring for others.
- Create a stable and safe place to live.
- Remember you are not alone. Seek professional help if you need it. Determine if your symptoms are severe. My Mental Health: Do I Need Help? “PDF here” Warning Signs and Symptoms Video https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Warning-Signs-and-Symptoms
TOOLS AND RESOURCESWHATCH THESE VIDEOS
- Positive Self-Talk
- How to Practice Mindfulness
- Mental Health Minute: Stress and Anxiety in Adolescents: Got 60 Seconds?
- Mental Health Minute: Anxiety Disorders in Adults: Got 60 Seconds?
- Mayo Clinic: Teen Suicide Prevention
- Learn more about specific mental health problems such as suicidal behavior, eating disorders, personality disorder, etc. https://www.mentalhealth.gov/what-to-look-for