Mental Health Matters

Mental Health: It’s common 

Mental health conditions are more common than you may realize. Approximately 1 in 5 adults will experience a mental illness in a given year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Approximately 1 in 5 teenagers (youth aged 13-18) will experience a severe mental disorder.

Mental health doesn’t discriminate. It affects people of all ages, genders, races and ethnicities. The good news is most people with a mental health condition can get better and may recover completely. 

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Help is a Phone Call Away:

Call 211

For help with local mental health care services 24/7.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24/7. 

SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline, 1-877-SAMHSA7 (1-877-726-4727)
General information on mental health and treatment referral, 24/7 .






What is Mental Health?

Mental health refers to your emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how you think, feel and act. Having a mental health condition can affect your relationships, work and school performance, overall health and well-being.

There are several types of mental health conditions, including anxiety disorders, mood disorders like depression, behavioral disorders such as ADHD, substance abuse and more. Anxiety and depression are the most common. 

Learn more about specific mental health conditions.

Learn the Signs

Many may not know they have a mental health condition. Learn the signs. If you or someone you know is experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors it can be an early warning sign of a mental health condition:

Eating or sleeping too much or too little

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

Yelling or fighting with family and friends

Thinking of harming yourself or others

Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared

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

Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school

 Source: Mentalhealth.gov  

Let’s Talk About It

Mental health is like any other health condition. Yet, fear of what others may think may keep you or someone you know from talking about it. Don’t let fear stop you. Talking about your mental health struggle, such as depression or thoughts of suicide, can help. 

Talking about it is the first step to getting better. Learn how to talk about mental health.

Get Help Now: Gain Peace of Mind

 

Think you may have a mental health condition? Don’t go it alone. Seek help.

Here’s how:

health-coverage

Talk to your primary care doctor or specialist about your mental health.

 

health-insurance 

Your health insurance may cover mental or behavioral health services. Check your plan.

 

HR

Your employer may have an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that offers free counseling sessions. Call your human resources department to find out.

affordable

Checkout this listing of low-cost and/or affordable mental and behavioral health services from Mental Health America of Greater Houston.


Help is a Phone Call Away:

Call 211
For help with local mental health care services 24/7.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24/7.

SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline 
1-877-SAMHSA7 (1-877-726-4727)
General information on mental health and treatment referral, 24/7 .