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Mental Health & Substance Use

Emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioral factors can directly affect our health and, if they are not addressed, these issues can affect our interpersonal relationships as well as our ability to live full and productive lives. People of all ages who have untreated mental health disorders are at a higher risk for unhealthy and unsafe behaviors, including alcohol or drug abuse, as well as at risk for chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Alternatively, having a chronic disease can intensify the symptoms of mental health disorders.

By taking care of your mind, you are also taking care of your body, leading to a overall positive effect on your health and well-being.

Did You Know?

While scientists are still researching the connection between the mind and the body, many studies have already shown that negative feelings like stress, depression and anxiety cause a spike in the hormone cortisol, which in turn suppresses the immune system.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are several indicators of mental health, including:

Sources: Healthy People 2020Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Morbidity and Mortality in People with Serious Mental Illness

Local Resources

Search this database for local resources providing treatment and support for mental health and substance use needs (it may take a moment to load when you click on a link). You can also call the Helpline Center by dialing 211.