According to the CDC, “mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.” Taking care of one’s mental health is important throughout one’s life, and mental health needs and considerations might change over time depending on coping abilities, demands, and resources available in a person’s life.
This guide hopes to offer a starting point for learning more about mental health and wellbeing. The resources provided include local groups and national organizations, as well as media that address mental wellness topics.
Indiana University Libraries have also created related guides with additional resources. These guides can be found below:
There are resources available for immediate help. Below are some mental health crisis helplines:
For a brief introduction to what mental health is, please watch the video below:
What is mental health? (NYU School of Global Public Health)
According to the American Psychological Association (APA), resiliency is defined as “the process and outcome of successfully adapting to difficult or challenging life experiences, especially through mental, emotional, and behavioral flexibility and adjustment to external and internal demands.” The APA acknowledges that there are different factors that contribute to how well a person manages adversity, such as the social resources that are accessible to them, among others. They also note that “psychological research demonstrates that the resources and skills associated with more positive adaptation (i.e., greater resilience) can be cultivated and practiced.”
Below are some resources on resiliency:
For a brief introduction to resiliency, please watch the video below:
What is mental health. (Australian Department of Health and Aged Care)