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Make a New Year's Resolution for a Healthy Mind


  • Published: 2010-12-28 : Author: Screening for Mental Health
  • Synopsis: Gauge your emotional well-being by taking a free anonymous mental health self-assessment.

www.HelpYourselfHelpOthers.org offers free, anonymous mental health screenings to stay healthy in 2011.

As most Americans resolve to head back to the gym, change their diet, or pay off debt, their commitment to better habits may be tough to keep if they don't take care of their mental health. From deployed troops and new parents to college students and retirees, every day stressors can leave people from all walks of life feeling overwhelmed. This New Year's, gauge your emotional well-being by taking a free, anonymous mental health self-assessment at www.HelpYourselfHelpOthers.org.

The HelpYourself, Help Others website, sponsored by the nonprofit Screening for Mental Health®, offers brief questionnaires for depression, alcohol problems, and other mood and anxiety disorders. The questions are designed to assess whether an individual may be at risk for a disorder. For those who score positive, referrals to local treatment resources are provided.

"Everyone struggles with stress or the blues from time to time. It's a normal part of life. But if you have been feeling sad, anxious or irritable for more than two weeks, it could be a sign of a more serious health issue," says Douglas G. Jacobs, M.D., associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the founder of Screening for Mental Health, Inc. "The New Year is a perfect time to take stock of your emotions and incorporate resolutions that can improve both your physical and mental health," says Jacobs.

Healthy tips for coping with stress in 2011:

About Screening for Mental Health, Inc. -For two decades, Screening for Mental Health has worked with organizations to provide mental health education and screening programs, including National Depression Screening Day®, National Alcohol Screening Day®, and the National Eating Disorders Screening Program®. These programs are designed to educate, reduce stigma, and screen people for mood and anxiety disorders, alcohol problems and eating disorders. Individuals can locate a mental health screening site or take an anonymous online screening by visiting www.HelpYourselfHelpOthers.org

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