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Mental Health

Find the National Institute of Mental Health's information on mental disorders, a range of related topics, and the latest mental health research here: NIMH

Mental Health Risk and Protective Factors, Intervention, Research, Resources, and More

Mental health and substance misuse often coincide. More than one in four adults living with serious mental health problems also has a substance use problem. Substance misuse problems occur more frequently with certain mental health problems, including: Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Schizophrenia, and Personality Disorders. 

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Prevention of Substance Use and Mental Disorders

Connection Between Mental Illness and Substance Misuse

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is depression that gets triggered by a change in seasons, usually when fall starts. This seasonal depression gets worse in the winter before ending in the spring.

Some people may get a mild version of SAD known as the “winter blues.” It’s normal to feel a little down during colder months. You may be stuck inside, and it gets dark early.

But full SAD goes beyond that — it’s a form of depression. Unlike the winter blues, SAD affects your daily life, including how you feel and think.

Learn more about SAD: 

Seasonal Depression/Seasonal Affective Disorder

Ways to Ease SAD

Postpartum Depression

The birth of a baby can trigger a jumble of powerful emotions, from excitement and joy to fear and anxiety. But it can also result in something you might not expect — depression.

Most new moms experience postpartum "baby blues" after childbirth, which commonly include mood swings, crying spells, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping. Baby blues typically begin within the first two to three days after delivery and may last for up to two weeks.

Learn more about Postpartum Depression: 

Women's Health- Postpartum Depression

Women's Stories About Experiencing Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression Test

Michigan-based Postpartum Resources

Mental Health and the Outdoors

Research in a growing scientific field called ecotherapy has shown a strong connection between time spent in nature and reduced stress, anxiety, and depression. (Harvard) When weather permits, meet outdoors, take a walk and talk, or just be silent for a few moments and allow yourself and your client to relax and de-stress. 

Get Back to Nature

Nature's Role in Mental Illness

Nurtured by Nature

Mental Health and Stigma

More than half of people with mental illness don't seek help for their disorders. Often, people avoid or delay seeking treatment due to concerns about being treated differently or fears of losing their jobs and livelihood. That's because stigma, prejudice, and discrimination against people with mental illness are still very much a problem. Learn more about how you can help end the stigma here. 


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