Behavioral Health in Harford County
What is Behavioral Health?
Behavioral health refers to a person’s emotional, psychological, social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act*. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Behavioral health can also refer to challenges in someone’s overall health and wellness including mental illness and substance use. Behavioral health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
*CDC, “Mental Health”, retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/index.htm
Ways to Keep Yourself Mentally Well
Take care of yourself
Get plenty of rest, eat right, exercise and see a doctor regularly
Engage your brain
Try new activities or hobbies, read, and socialize with others.
Practice ways to reduce stress
Identify what soothes and comforts you. Learn relaxation techniques, practice coping strategies, deep breathing exercises and set realistic goals.
Take time to play
It can enhance your ability to enjoy life and maintain a playful attitude. Laugh. Be creative. Have fun.
Identify and celebrate your successes
Remind yourself of all the positive things in your life: friends, family, work, or volunteering to name a few.
Quiet Your Mind
Mindfulness, meditation and tapping into your spirituality can help bring a sense of focus and calm, while helping to foster a positive outlook.
Know when to ask for help
Ask for help from a doctor or mental health professional or trusted adult when life seems overwhelming or difficult.
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction or a mental health issue, and you do not know what to do next, call 1-800-NEXT-STEP (local number: 410-874-0711), available 24/7.
The 988 Lifeline is now active across the United States and offers chat and text capabilities. This new, shorter phone number will make it easier for people to remember and access mental health crisis services. (Please note, the previous 1-800-273-TALK (8255) number will continue to function indefinitely.)