Mental Health Resource Guide – Section 1

   section 1 header icon  Why a Mental Health Resource Guide?

Mental illness is one of the most common health conditions in the United States, impacting more than one in five American adults, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Mental illness – including conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia – can affect someone’s thinking, emotions, mood, behavior and even physical health. The impacts may be short or long term and can limit a person’s ability to function day-to-day.



Understanding mental illness and its warning signs are critical to caring for your mental health and helping others manage theirs. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the common warning signs below, seek help:

  • Withdrawing from the people and activities you enjoy
  • Having low or no energy
  • Excessive smoking, drinking alcohol or using drugs
  • Having severe mood swings that cause problems in a relationship
  • Feelings of loneliness, hopelessness or desperation
  • Talking or thinking about suicide

This Mental Health Resource Guide is designed to help you easily tap into local, state and national resources, as well as support from the health system, when you or others need help.