According to the World Health Organization, mental health is defined as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes their own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
Many internal and external factors contribute to cognitive and emotional well-being, including relationships with loved ones, financial issues, work environment, and coping behaviors/skills. When one or more factors prove overwhelming, acute (anger, anxiety, depression) or chronic stress may result. Stress can lead to physical symptoms ranging in severity from headache, heart palpitations and bowel problems, to heart attack and stroke. When an individual is experiencing chronic stress, their risk of committing a violent act against themselves (suicide) and others increases significantly.
If you are experiencing symptoms of stress or are interested in learning more about mental health issues, take a moment to explore the programs and services offered to you.
If your concerns become urgent, please call one the following emergency resources:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (or 1-800-273-TALK)
- Mecklenburg County Mobile Crisis Team: 704-566-3410
- Presbyterian (Novant) Behavioral Health: 1-800-786-1585 or 704-384-4255
- CHS Behavioral Health: 1-800-418-2065 or 704-444-2400