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  

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Take care of yourself

Get plenty of rest, eat right, exercise and see a doctor regularly

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Engage your brain

Try new activities or hobbies, read, and socialize with others.

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Practice ways to reduce stress

Identify what soothes and comforts you. Learn relaxation techniques, practice coping strategies, deep breathing exercises and set realistic goals.

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Take time to play

It can enhance your ability to enjoy life and maintain a playful attitude. Laugh. Be creative. Have fun.

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Identify and celebrate your successes

Remind yourself of all the positive things in your life: friends, family, work, or volunteering to name a few.

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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.

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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.

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