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Mental Health icon   What is Mental Health

There are three parts of mental health:

  • 1. Emotional well-being: Feelings of satisfaction with life, happiness, cheerfulness, peacefulness
  • 2. Psychological well-being: Feelings of self-acceptance, personal growth including openness to new experiences, optimism, hopefulness, purpose in life, control of oneís environment, spirituality, self-direction, and positive relationships
  • 3. Social well-being:A sense of social acceptance, beliefs in the potential of people and society as a whole, personal self-worth and usefulness to society, sense of community

Donít worry if youíre still working towards these things Ė your life will improve if you keep up your efforts! If youíre depressed, dealing with a high level of stress, struggling with substance abuse, or suffering from mental illness, donít give up hope! Thereís a lot of people and resources (some are listed below) to help you if youíre having a hard time right now. Reach out to them if times are tough for you!

Are you thinking about suicide? Donít do it. Life might be hard for you right now, but as long as youíre alive, anything is possible Ė most things are fixable with time, support from caring mental health professionals, and help from friends. Call one of the help lines or contact one of the organizations on the Mental Health Resource Sheet.pdf icon Suicide prevention lines are also included.

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Mental Health icon   Stress is Normal - You Can Deal with it!

Stress can be good ó itís the bodyís way of rising to a challenge and preparing to meet a tough situation. You might also feel stress when youíre excited about something positive

Too much or long-term stress can be harmful and there are ways you can minimize that kind of stress. Reach out to people you trust to talk about your problems.

Check out the links below for tips on how to deal with stress in a healthy way.

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Info Sheets: Resources for Reducing Stress and Better Mental Health
Mental Health icon   Mental Health Resource Sheet

There are mental health resources especially for young adults transitioning out of foster care or probation camp. If you need help, no matter how big or small your problems, reach out to these services pdf icon.

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Mental Health icon   How to Talk to Your Therapist

Seeing a therapist for a mental health reason is like seeing a doctor for a physical injury. If you broke your leg, youíd see an orthopedist for treatment. Therapists are trained to help you recover from a wide range of issues, from depression to traumatic experiences.

Here are a few things you can do to cooperate and get the most out of your therapy sessions:

  • Make sure it's a good fit - If you don't feel comfortable with a therapist, try another one. Itís important to be able to open up to
    your therapist.
  • Start from the beginning - Give your therapist information about your family history, what is going on in your life right now, how you feel about it, etc. Therapists can help you understand what may be causing or adding to your problems, so give them as much useful information as you can.
  • Think about things you want to talk about - Your therapist will discuss various things with you, but it's useful to ask yourself the following questions:
    • Are there any recent changes in my health? (Some medical conditions can make you think, feel, or act strangely.)
    • Are there any recent changes in my life that make me feel stress?
    • Did something happen to me or did I see something that made me feel this way?
    • How do other people in my life affect the situation I'm in now?
    • How do I normally feel?
    • What changes do I want to make for the future?
  • Open up at your own pace - Don't try to force a quick end to your troubles. Your therapist will help you through the process and you will be able to work things out.

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Links: More Mental Health Resources - Click on the Titles
Teenshealth.org Stress & Coping Center

This resource was designed to help teens to adjust to stressful situations and feelings. There are also some articles about some emotional and mental health issues, which might be helpful if youíre looking for a way to start talking to someone you trust about some serious topics.

Asking for Help: Getting Past Obstacles - If youíre struggling and you know that you need help but youíre having trouble actually asking for help, this article might make the first step a little less difficult.

Create a Personal Stress Management Guide

The American Academy of Pediatrics has a webpage for teens to create a personalized stress relief plan. After you complete the four sections, you can review your responses and email it to yourself so you can look at it when you need it later.

Stress Relief Guide

This webpage lists some mini-relaxation exercises that can bring down your stress levels when you only have a few minutes to spare.

Youth Crisis and Help Lines

All of these help lines are available 24 hours if you need someone to talk to immediately.

GLBT National Youth Talkline

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Youth Talkline provides telephone, online private one-to-one chat and email peer-support, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States.

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Links: More HealthyTransitionLA.org Resources
Transition Planning icon   Do you feel overwhelmed and confused about the process of ďaging outĒ of foster care?
Do you just want to talk to someone?

Click here to download the Transition Planning Resource Sheet pdf icon.

Healthly Living icon   Exercising regularly and eating healthy can help you feel less stressed. A healthy lifestyle can also help with depression.

Click here to go to the Healthy Living page of this website and read more.

Mental Health icon   Depression and other mental health issues can sometimes be related to your physical health. If you havenít had a check-up this year, make an appointment. Your doctor can also give helpful advice or help you find a mental health professional.

Click here to go to the Health Care & Clinics page of this website and read more.

Mental Health icon   Are you struggling with drug, alcohol, or substance abuse?

Click here to go to the Drugs, Alcohol & Smoking page of this website and read more.

Mental Health icon   Are you or is someone you know experiencing sexual abuse or exploitation?

Click here to go to the Preventing Abuse & Violence page of this website and read more.

transportation icon   Need help getting to your appointments?

Click here to go to the Transportation page of this website and read more.

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