What Is Mental Health?
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
- Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
- Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
- Family history of mental health problems
Mental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.
Early Warning Signs
Not sure if you or someone you know is living with mental health problems? Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a problem:
- 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
Mental Health and Wellness
Positive mental health allows people to:
- Realize their full potential
- Cope with the stresses of life
- Work productively
- Make meaningful contributions to their communities
Ways to maintain positive mental health include:
- Getting professional help if you need it
- Connecting with others
- Staying positive
- Getting physically active
- Helping others
- Getting enough sleep
- Developing coping skills
Our Approach: Integrated Care
At Aunt Martha’s, we’re working every day – with our patients and our community partners – to build a culture of whole health. That means we’re breaking down barriers, and focusing on health and wellness that addresses comprehensive, whole person care.
Whether they are emotional, physical, or mental, we’re going to help you address all of your needs.
How are we going to do it? The answer is more simple than you think. TEAMWORK!.
At Aunt Martha’s, you don’t just get a doctor – you get a care team. Our providers are constantly working together to coordinate primary and preventative medical care, dental care, mental health care and addictions treatment services to ensure the whole patient is being treated effectively.
How Does Integrated Care Work?
- Communication: Your care team has regular face-to-face meetings to discuss your treatment and your progress toward your goals.
- Care Coordination: With your permission, your care team will share your information, such as medications, education needs, significant life change, etc., in real-time to successfully coordinate.
- Preventative Care: We will help you get screenings for issues, such as depression, cancer and chronic disease, to increase the chance of catching a problem before it becomes serious.
- Self-Management: Knowledge is power. Stay educated and proactively communicate with your care team.
Why is Integrated Care Better for You?
We’re not just working this way because our employees love working together. We’re doing it because it works! Last year, almost 80% of our patients with depression experienced significant reductions in their symptoms within 90 days of their first visit. More importantly, they continued to improve on their own in the months after their treatment.
But don’t just take our word for it. Studies from across the U.S. have found that patients treated in this way appreciate that their care teams work together and talk to each other, and that their positive experiences with mental health providers helped them learn new skills to cope with stress at work and home.