Mental Health Awareness

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood to adolescence to adulthood.

While 1-in-5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, we all experience emotional ups and downs from time-to time in our lives. Mental health conditions go beyond these emotional reactions and become something longer lasting. They are medical conditions, not the result of personal weakness, lack of character, or poor upbringing. With proper treatment, people can realize their full potential, cope with the stresses of life, work productively, and meaningfully contribute to the their community.

Click below to learn more and access practical tips and tools that you can use to improve your mental health and the mental health of your loved ones.

Get the Facts Fact Sheets and Worksheets
Back to Basics Student Resources
Mental Health Conditions Interactive Activities for Children
Suicide Helpful Websites
My Mental Health Penn Foundation Blog
Helpful Tips and Tools  

Get the Facts

Mental Health by the Numbers: Adults Mental Health Care Matters
Mental Health by the Numbers: Youth The Ripple Effect of Mental Illness
You are Not Alone What is Mental Health Parity
Warning Signs of Mental Illness

Back to Basics

Maintaining Good Mental Health What to Do When You Need Help
Recognizing When You Need Help Where to Go
Starting to Think about Mental Health Terms to Know
What Plays a Role in Developing a MH Condition

Mental Health Conditions

ADHD Depression in Older Adults
Bipolar Disorder Perinatal Depression
Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Bipolar Disorder in Teens and Young Adults Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder Panic Disorder
Depression Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Depression in Teens Schizophrenia
Depression in Men Seasonal Affective Disorder
Depression in Women Social Anxiety Disorder


FAQs About Suicide in America
It’s Okay to Talk About Suicide
Warning Signs of Suicide

My Mental Health

Could I have ADHD? Taking Control of Your Mental Health
Is it Stress or Anxiety? What Can My Genes Tell Me About My Mental Health?
My Mental Health: Do I Need Help? COVID and Your Mental Health


Helpful Tips and Tools

5 Steps to Help Someone in Emotional Pain Helping Children Cope with Trauma
5 Things You Should Know About Stress The Teen Brain: 7 Things to Know
Children and Mental Health: Is This Just a Stage? What is Telemental Health?

Fact Sheets and Worksheets

Accepting Reality Finding the Positive After Loss
Adapting After Trauma and Stress Getting Out of Thinking Traps
Connecting with Others Owning Your Feelings
Creating Healthy Routines Processing Big Changes
Dealing with Anger and Frustration Supporting Others
Eliminating Toxic Influences Taking Time for Yourself

Student Resources

Getting the Right Start – Student Guide to Mental Health
Taking Charge of Your Mental Health
How to Help a Friend

Interactive Activities for Children

Stress Catcher
Get Excited About the Brain: A Coloring and Activity Book
Stand Up to Stress: A Coloring and Activity Book

Helpful Websites

CDC National Institute of Mental Health
NAMI – Bucks County SAMHSA
NAMI – Montgomery County WHO
Mental Health America