Mental Health

Published by BuzzFeedVideo

What is Mental Health, and why does it matter?

Mental health is your emotional and psychological well-being, and taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health!

Mental illness refers to an array of conditions and disorders that affect thinking, mood, and behavior. Approximately 1 in 4 adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder each year. The National Conference of State Legislature (NCSL) confirms that young adults in foster care have higher rates of mental illness than the general population, particularly with regard to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Panic Disorder.

If your thinking and mood are negatively affecting your life, learn how you can better manage your mental health and consider talking with someone. This page of resources will help you get started.

National and Local Resources

The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers information on knowing whether you have a problem and getting help. For local help, check the Texas Department of State Health Services website.

Talk to Someone

If you have concerns about your mental health, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. The following hotlines are free, confidential, and available 24/7.

Crisis Hotline

If you are stressed or in crisis, you can call, text, or chat with someone at the Texas Youth Helpline anytime. This hotline is specifically for Texas youth and families in crisis.

Suicide Prevention Hotline

Struggling with thoughts of suicide or want to help someone who is? Call 1-800-273-8255 or chat with someone at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline anytime. The lifeline also has special numbers for Spanish speakers: (1-888-628-9454) and the deaf and hard of hearing: (1-800-799-4889).

LGBTQIA+ Hotlines

For LGBTQIA+ hotlines, see the gender identity and sexual orientation resources page.

Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is the uncontrolled use or dependence  on a substance, especially alcohol and drugs. Substance abuse affects millions of youth and young adults and can be intensified by the trauma of abuse, neglect, mental illness and various other factors relevant to former foster youth. Seeking and completing the appropriate treatment resources is critical to leading a substance-free life.

For more information, check out the National Institute for Drug Abuse for Teens and the the US Department of Health website on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services.

For local help with substance abuse, check out Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Teen Drug Rehabs.