What Is Mental Health?
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, and family history of mental health problems.
Mental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.
Mental Health and Wellness
Positive mental health allows people to realize their full potential, cope with the stresses of life, work productively and make meaningful contributions to their communities.
Resources Available Through the Health Department
The Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Departments are dedicated to helping our community live happier and healthier lives. We offer mental health counseling and tele-psychiatry at both the Putnam County Health Department in Hennepin and the Marshall County Health Department in Lacon.
For appointments at the Marshall County Health Department call: (309) 647-1881
For appointments at the Putnam County Health Department call: (815) 679-2017