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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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Mental Health Websites


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

Logo for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).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. 

Northland Healthy Minds: Northland Healthy Minds is a collaborative of businesses, organization and people working together to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness.  

Northland Childrens Mental Health

Emotional Wellness Toolkit --More Resources




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Wellness Resources

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

LSC resources

Erickson Library has a host of resources to help manage stress, including books, ebooks, videos, and audibooks. Below are a few titles available. Search the online catalog to the left to discovery more.
 Dancing for health: conquering and preventing stress
graphic of book coverThe end of stress as we know it
Why zebras don't get ulcers: an updated guide to stress, stress-related diseases, and coping

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Tai chi : health for life : how and why it works for health, stress relief and longevity