Behavioral Health at Aunt Martha’s
What is Behavioral Health? || Challenges are Common || Early Warning Signs
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What is behavioral health?
Your behavioral health, or mental health, includes your emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how you think, feel, and act.
Your behavioral, or mental health, also helps determine how you handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
Behavioral and mental health challenges are common
Many factors contribute to behavioral health problems, including:
- Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
- Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
- Family history of mental health problems
Help is available.
People with behavioral health problems can get better and learn to manage their symptoms.
Early Warning Signs
These are some of the early warning signs in people having behavioral or mental health challenges.
- Eating or sleeping too much or too little
- Little interest in participating in 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
- Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
- 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
“Trauma informed care means we understand the causes of complex health and social needs, as well as the barriers and inequities that exist in the community. We provide care that eliminates barriers, improves health outcomes, and takes the stigma out of receiving needed behavioral health services in our integrated model of care.”