Your mental wellness is an important part of your overall health. You mind and body are a team! The Women's Mental Health, What it Means to You booklet has a lot of great information about women's mental wellness at every stage of life.
There are different kinds of emotional and mental health problems. To learn more about them, click here. If you think that you may have a problem, you are not alone. In a year, about 26.2% of Americans over the age of 18 experience a diagnosable mental health problem. That is close to one out of every four adults.1 Women suffer from depression and anxiety disorders twice as often as men. They are also nine times more likely to have eating disorders.2 While it can be hard to take to first step to get help, you are an important person and deserve to be healthy and happy - both in body and mind.
Below are links to information, providers, and resources that you may find helpful. Your doctor, nurse pharmacist or other health care professional is also a very good place to start. Special resources for new mothers are also in this list.
The Center for Mental Health Services Locatoran provide you with comprehensive information about mental health services and resources. You can access this information in several ways by selecting a State or U.S. Territory from the map or drop-down menu.
HelpGuide has many resources on mental and emotional health problems as well as ideas for staying healthy and well. HelpGuide.org encourages women to empower themselves and their family to prevent and resolve life's challenges. Click here to see a list of strategies to help you stay mentally and emotionally well.
Click here for information about you can improve the way you think and feel about yourself.
Hotlines can give you immediate access to someone to talk to for free - some good numbers are below.
Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline
Phone: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Phone: 1-800-442-HOPE (4673)
Mental Health America
(for a referral to specific mental health service or support program in your community)
Phone: 1-800-969-NMHA (6642)
National Alliance on Mental Illness
(provides support, information, and referrals)
Phone: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Phone: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
National Eating Disorders Association Information and Referral Helpline
(support services, help, and guidance to people struggling with eating disorders, their loved ones, and families)
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Phone: 800-799-SAFE (7233)
National Runaway Switchboard
Phone: 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929)
National Sexual Assault Hotline
Phone: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
Phone: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Hotline
Phone: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
Phone: 1-800-DONTCUT (1-800-366-8288)
Special Resources for New Mothers
The March of Dimes offers this resource page for parents of babies in the NICU. Click here for links to articles and personal stories from other families who have gone through the NICU roller coaster.
The UNC Perinatal Mood Disorders Clinic provides a detailed list of resources on it website.
Moms Supporting Moms is a great resources for mothers in the Triangle area. Local support groups meet regularly. Click on “NC Support" to learn more about local resources.
Postpartum Support International provides resources for postpartum women, their partners, and families, including links to local area support services and groups.
The National Women's Health Information Center provides a detailed fact sheet about depression during and after pregnancy. What are the signs? Where can you get help?
The Postpartum Stress Center offers lots of useful information about dealing with postpartum stress and depression, including links to blogs of other mothers and fathers who have dealt with PPD.
The Mayo Clinic provides information about postpartum depression, including symptoms, causes, and treatments.
Phone: 1-800-PPD-MOMS (1-800-773-6667)
Postpartum Support International
Phone: 1-800-994-4PPD (4773)
Phone: 1-877-PPD-HOPE (1-877-773-4673)