Mental health is defined 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.
A regular mental health checkup is less likely than an annual physical. Taking periodic stock of one's emotional well-being can help identify warning signs of common ailments like anxiety or depression. Such illnesses are highly treatable, especially when they are identified in their early stages.
Annually, about 25% of American adults have some type of mental health problem, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Six percent suffer severe ailments such as major depression and schizophrenia. An estimated 19 million adult Americans have anxiety disorders.
When left untreated, mental health illnesses are more likely to lead to hospitalization - something that could mean time lost from class and work.
If you or someone you know may be suffering feel free to contact the Student Wellness Center at (580) 581-6725. For more information on our counseling program check out our counseling link on the Student Wellness Center home page.