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What Is Mental Health?

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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

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NAMI Minnesota
NAMI Minnesota champions justice, dignity, and respect for all people affected by mental illnesses through education, support, and advocacy.

National Institute of Mental Health 

Let's Talk MN - Depression, Anxiety, and Mental Health HelpMental health and crisis resources available for you in northeastern Minnesota. 

Healthy Northland: Collaborative of businesses, organization and people working together to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Mental Health America: Take a mental health test

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Very Well Mind
Comprehensive website for self-improvement and mental health.

Wellness Society Resources
A free downloadable toolkit for mental well being. 

Self Compassion
Research, resources and tips from self-compassion expert Kristin Neff. 

The Science of Well-Being

Enroll in this extremely popular free course from Yale University:  The Science of Well-Being