Understanding Mental
Health Challenges

Every person's mental health journey is different. A mental health challenge is anything that affects thinking, emotions, behaviors, or mood. Challenges can impact day-to-day living and how you interact with others. They are more common than you may think, especially during the past couple of years. When it comes to mental health, it’s important to check in with others. Being open with what’s really going on can help everyone be more open about mental health challenges. If you think you may have a mental health challenge, remember you are not alone. Seek out mental health professionals. Support is available.

Common Signs of Mental
Health Challenges

Signs of mental health challenges1 vary across age groups. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the signs below for more than two weeks, consider getting more information and help.

1 Signs of mental health challenges courtesy of WebMD.

There Are Many Options for Treating
Mental Health Challenges

Treatments for mental health challenges are based on each person’s diagnosis, symptoms, history, and many other factors.

Improving Your Mental Well-Being

Overall wellness gives us the ability to feel good about ourselves and enjoy life. This means caring for not only our physical needs, but our mental, emotional, and spiritual needs as well.

10 Actions to Improve Your Mental Health

Mental Health America’s Live Your Life Well campaign has 10 activities that help people live full, enjoyable lives.

ClickTap each icon to see how they can help strengthen your mental well-being.

Help End Stigma

Stigma refers to judgments or inaccurate beliefs that people might have about a specific group of people. Individuals with mental health challenges sometimes face discrimination because of the stigma around mental health. Scroll through the images below to see how you can fight back against mental health stigma.

COVID-19 & Mental Health

COVID-19 is causing many of us to feel burnt out or overwhelmed. If you or someone you know is showing signs of stress, anxiety, or depression, or is struggling with substance use, the tips and resources below can help.

Adapting to COVID-19

COVID-19 changed how many of us go about our lives. Click through to explore tips for adapting to these changes and find resources that can help ease stress.

Communities with Higher Stress

Some communities are highly impacted from COVID-19. Click on the images below to see the help that is available.

First Responders

First Responders

Feeling overwhelmed from working through COVID-19? Get the support you or someone you know needs from Fire Captain Ryan J. Mitchell’s First Responders Behavioral Health Program. The program offers a confidential peer-to-peer hotline, behavioral health support services and aid for substance use disorders.

College Students

College Students

School is demanding enough, but attending college during COVID-19 can increase stress and anxiety. This flyer has tips to help you stay safe and find support if you need it.

BIPOC Communities

BIPOC Communities

COVID-19 is affecting Latinx, Black, Indigenous, and AAPI communities more than others. This can increase feelings of frustration and fear. Find support dedicated to serving specific needs of yourself or someone you know in this list of mental health resources.

Essential Workers

Essential Workers

Grocery store clerks, servers, delivery drivers, caregivers, and more have kept us going through COVID-19. Many feel extra stress, anxiety, and depression from worrying about exposure, financial uncertainty, and long work hours. These challenges can continue even during reopening. Reach out for support for yourself or an essential worker you know.

Teen Mental Health

While COVID-19 affects everyone, teens face many unique stressors right now.

  • Stress about returning to school due to social pressures or bullying
  • Lack of energy
  • Not interested in hobbies they used to like
  • Difficulty sleeping, or sleeping too much
  • Anxiety around social situation
  • Obsessive or intrusive thoughts
  • Lack of LGBTQ+ acceptance at home or school
  • Difficult home life during this past year
  • Thoughts of suicide or feeling hopeless

No matter what you’re feeling, it’s important to remember you don’t need to struggle through it or try to bear it alone. Whether you’re unsure about friendships, worried about socializing, or feeling disconnected from your family, the sooner you listen to your feelings, the sooner you can work on feeling better.

A great place to start addressing challenges is by talking or even texting with your parents or a trusted adult. Adults often notice your emotions but don’t know when it’s the right time to bring things up. Talking, finding support, and even incorporating things like breathing activities into your day can all help lift a weight off your shoulders.

There are also several resources devoted to teens that can help them feel better while exploring their mental health.