What is Mental Health?

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act, and 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.

What is the Mental Health Continuum?

We need to understand that our mental health and wellbeing fall on a continuum which include a range of states between mental health and mental illness. It is also important to understand that we can experience several states within the continuum during different periods throughout our lives. The picture depicts the 5 stages of the mental health continuum, along with things we might experience or recognize during each stage. The good news is we have the ability to shift between stages and work towards optimal mental health. If you find yourself in a stage of surviving, struggling, or in crisis, please know that you are not alone and there are people and resources to help along the continuum.

Mental Health Continuum

We are partnering in new and unique ways to address the mental health crisis. We are focused on addressing mental health and well-being across the continuum with upstream methods to make a difference and here is how we are doing that.


  • Aubrie Hoover – Regional Manager – Behavioral & Mental Health Services