According to the World Health Organization, about 450 million people suffer from mental and behavioural disorders worldwide. In the state of Hawaii, mental health disorders are especially prevalent. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Annual Mental Health Barometer, 69.1% of youths in Hawaii who have suffered from a major depressive episode and have not received treatment for depression? Moreover, 70% of adolescents in Hawaii who suffer from any mental illness have not received treatment or counselling. Even more so, Hawaii’s rate of heavy alcohol use among adults aged 21 or older was higher than the national rate between 2009– 2013!

For more information on mental health please visit:

The National Institute of Mental Health

The Mayo Clinic

What puts my mental health at risk?

  • Family history of mental illness
  • Stressful life situations (financial problems, a loved one’s death, divorce)
  • An ongoing (chronic) medical condition
  • Brain damage as a result of a serious injury (traumatic brain injury)
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Use of alcohol or recreational drugs
  • Being abused or neglected as a child
  • Having few friends or few healthy relationships
  • A previous mental illness

Mental health includes you emotional, social, and psychological well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act, throughout our whole life. The importance of mental well-being is often understated, which causes for many to ignore the warning signs of their deteriorating mental health. Ignoring these vital signs often results in serious irreversible psychological illnesses.

How can I stay healthy mentally?

  • Getting professional help if you need it
  • Connecting with others
  • Staying positive
  • Getting physically active
  • Helping others
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Developing coping skills

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