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Taking care of your mental health is just as important as your physical health. The two aspects of health are intertwined and impact one another. Mental health includes your emotional, psychological and social well-being, affecting how you think, feel and behave. Experiencing mental health issues is common, however problems are treatable.

Early Warning Signs of a Mental Health Problem
  • Overeating or undereating.
  • Over sleeping or under sleeping.
  • Isolating oneself.
  • Feeling fatigued/low energy.
  • Feeling of hopelessness or numbness.
  • Feeling irritable, confused or scared.
  • Inability or difficulty performing daily tasks.
  • Arguing with friends, family and/or strangers.
  • Experiencing severe mood swings.
  • Experiencing persistent negative thoughts and feelings.
  • Hearing voices or believing things that are not true.
  • Having thoughts of self-harm or harming others.
  • Engaging in negative coping mechanisms (e.g. alcohol, drugs).
Factors that Contribute to Your Psychological Health Status
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Biological factors (e.g. genes and brain chemistry)

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Family history of mental health conditions

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Life experiences (e.g. traumatic events, abuse, change and loss)

Healthy Habits for Good Mental Health
  • Seek out support systems (e.g. family, friends, support groups, etc.)
  • Seek help, whether through traditional talk psychotherapy or alternative therapies such as sport or animal-based therapies.
  • Take medication, as directed by your health care provider, to help with symptoms of depression.
  • Manage symptoms through prevention and coping mechanisms such as mindfulness meditation, guided imagery, deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation.
  • Stay physically active and eat nutrient-dense foods.
  • Get 7 to 9 hours of sleep within a 24-hour period.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Talk to close friends and loved ones to share what you are going through.
  • In case of immediate need, dial 988 and press 1 for the Military and Veterans Crisis Line.
Quick Facts

of U.S. adults experience a
mental health issue

of young people experience a
major depressive episode

of adults live with a
serious mental illness
(e.g. schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, etc.)

Adjustment Disorder, Depression, Alcohol Abuse
are the most common behavioral health conditions impacting service members

Common Mental Health Issues

Resilience is the ability to cope with and recover from setbacks. This capacity and ability to bounce back from a difficult experience is a great skill to have and use. We all face adversity... How we deal with it is important and is critical.

Ways to Improve Resilience

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