Mental Health Promotion

The World Health Organization defines mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.

"Mental health is an integral part of health; indeed, there is no health without mental health."

-World Health Organization

If parents permit or young people elect to watch this series, we encourage them to do so with an adult and utilize our “Spot the Signs, Talk About It, and Get Help” tool. This may be an opportune time for staff, parents, and any suicide prevention stakeholders to promote discussions on the topic and provide resources for identifying warning signs, guidelines for talking about it, and avenues for getting help.

The Invisible Epidemic: Poor and Mentally Ill in Georgia
September 21, 2015 - Published by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellow Misty Williams. Subscription may be required to read the full article.

Nationwide, 30 states have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act — dramatically improving access to care for people with mental illness. Georgia, however, has not. Instead, tens of thousands of people in Georgia remain uninsured and suffer from untreated mental illnesses — such as depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia — so severe they can't function in day-to-day life.

OBHP promotes wellness for people with mental health and substance abuse conditions. Our goal is to promote the identification of signs of mental health dysfunction (stress and distress), to educate on appropriate steps for reaching out, and to make referrals for professional assistance.


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