Understanding Behavioral Health
Behavioral health affects how we think, feel, act, handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. It includes mental health and substance use issues. Improving or maintaining your health looks different for everyone and can include things like self-care, healthy lifestyle, or support from a healthcare professional.
What can impact behavioral health
Factors impacting behavioral health include:
Adverse childhood experiences
Chronic health conditions
Lack of access to resources
Use of alcohol or drugs
Why get help?If you are worried about your well-being or that of someone close to you, please get help. Getting care can provide tools to manage your feelings, change your outlook and improve your life.
Who can help?Behavioral health experts can help you. They will work to understand your needs and set up the right treatment for you.
What are some effective strategies to
improve behavioral health?
Healthy behaviors like nutrition, exercise, sufficient sleep
Outpatient or inpatient treatment
Strong, connected relationships
Therapy, counseling, peer support
Mental health 101
There are many types of mental illness. Some are extremely common and can be well-managed by lifestyle changes or medication. Other conditions might require more serious medical intervention.
Behavioral health screenings and visitsLearn what a behavioral health screening is, plus what to expect, and questions to ask at a behavioral health doctor’s visit
Connecting mental health and substance use disorderPeople experiencing substance use disorder may also struggle with other mental health challenges. When someone has a substance use disorder, the person may be unable to control their use of alcohol or drugs.
Happiness is a habit
You can’t always control what happens in your life, but you can choose how you respond. When you know your stress triggers, eliminate toxic habits, and make time for self-care, you can change your life for the better.