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Mental health: who cares?

Mental health can affect you, your family, friends, spouse, significant other, co-workers, neighbors, people you do business with or someone else in your life. There are over 7,2 billion people on earth. There are over 1.8 billion people who have a mental health condition whether its diagnosed or not!

If you or someone you care about feels like something is wrong or having symptoms, you need to try to find the cause. When cars or electronics like cell phone or computers break down, they have a way to self-test or troubleshoot. People need and deserve to do the same thing. Ask questions and get more information.

Some mental health problems can make you or a loved one feel like below:

- I'm not sure why I don't feel good. Maybe something is wrong with me?

- I feel down and tired but I can't tell what's going on. What's the problem?

- I'm sad and "depressed" but it's because of ________________. What should I do?

-Something doesn't feel right but I can't tell what it is. What's going on?

-I just want to lie down and people should leave me alone. Why can't I go out and have fun like everybody else?

If you or someone you care about is thinking this way, it's important to tell someone you care about and trust like a parent, sibling, friend, teacher, spouse, counselor, teacher or someone else.

It might be important to call or make an appointment with a health care provider to find out more.

Take the first step. If you don't know what's wrong, how can you fix it?

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