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Mental Health

Mental Health is a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.

Mental Health and well-being are fundamental to our ability as humans to think, express emotions, interact with each other, earn a living and enjoy life. It is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Mental illness is a diagnosable disorder or health condition characterized by alterations in thinking, mood or behavior (or some combination thereof) associated with distress and/or impaired functioning. Depression is the most common type of mental illness, affecting more than 26% of the U.S. adult population.

There are many causes of mental disorders. Your genes and family history may play a role. Your life experiences, such as stress or a history of abuse, may also matter. Biological factors can also be part of the cause. Mental disorders are common, but fortunately treatments are available.