Kristen, LMFT, shares information on What is Mental Health

What is Mental Health (Contributing Factors)

Written by: Kristen Torres, LMFT

According to the American Psychiatric Association, mental health involves effective functioning in daily activities resulting in productive activities (work, school, caregiving), healthy relationships, and ability to adapt to change and cope with adversity.  It affects how we think, feel, and act.  The term ‘mental health’ is sometimes used to mean an absence of a mental disorder according to "What is mental health? " Medical News Today.  Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

We all have the potential to develop mental health problems, no matter how old we are, whether we are male or female, rich or poor, or which ethnic group we belong to.  Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including: biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry, life experiences (trauma or abuse), or family history of mental health problems.

Mental health services and supports are available and the earlier you access them the better.  More and more teens, young adults, and adults are speaking out about their experiences and connecting with others. You are not alone and if you need additional resources, please visit our website at  We offer group and individual work and will provide further resources upon request.

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