Reach out to HJAHC if you want to speak with one of our counselors at 609-278-5900.
- Emergency Mental Health Services- Capital Health: 609-396-4357(HELP)
- Perform Care: 877-652-7624
- Mercer County Office of Addictions: 609-989-6897
- Mercer County Mental Health Services: 609-989-6574
A person’s mental health is as important as their physical health, and the two are connected. If you are not physically well, it impacts your mental health and vice versa. For example, when we physically get hurt, like a scratch or cut, we need to clean the scrape or cut, so it does not become infected. Then the same concept can be applied to your mental health.
Many life instances can impact how we think, feel and act. To take care of our well-being, we have to address things that may be affecting our mental health.
Mental health problems are common. 1 in 5 adults will experience mental health issues, and 1 in 6 adolescents will experience a time when they are highly depressed. Mental health issues are nothing to be ashamed of, and I encourage people to get the help they need to get better.
There are many early warning signs. If you are experiencing one or more of the following feelings, it can be an early warning sign of a problem. If you are noticing that these signs are lasting two or more weeks or keep coming back, I recommend reaching out to a behavioral health professional to seek help.
- Eating or sleeping too much or too little
- Pulling away from people and usual activities
- 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
- Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
- Yelling or fighting with family and friends
- 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
- Thinking of harming yourself or others
- Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school
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