Mental health involves how we think, feel, and behave, and impacts how we manage stress and relate to others. At every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood, mental health is essential to well-being. There are many factors that influence well-being. Our physical and mental health, social and physical environment, and even cultural and spiritual influences play a role in our overall function, life satisfaction, and happiness.
As we move through life, our mental health can vary from optimum to poor depending on our internal coping abilities as well as external surroundings, such as stressors and supports. Having optimum mental health is feeling happy and having a well-balanced life, and the ability to manage stress when it does occur. Poor mental health, on the other hand, is the inability to cope with stress, significant changes in your thoughts, feelings, and behavior, and the possible development of mental health conditions.
Having adequate support can improve mental health. By helping people develop skills to handle stress and understand the root of unhealthy behaviors, people can make positive changes in order to live healthy, fulfilling lives and improve well-being.
The Community Guidance Center (CGC) is the primary provider of mental and behavioral health services in the CNMI, offering comprehensive services for children, adolescents, adults, and elderly people living with emotional, behavioral, or substance abuse-related issues. If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health difficulties, please reach out to your CGC familia at the CHCC. We are here to help.