Consumer mental health information
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Mental health information for consumers focuses on the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, coping skills of psychological and psychiatric problems. Similar to consumer health information, mental health information includes preventive information and is a form of information therapy. Everyone should watch for signs of suicidal and destructive behaviours in their loved ones, and get them the help they need. Mental health information focuses on providing information to the family, friends and colleagues of mental health patients. It is found in physicians' offices, hospitals, pharmacies, mental health associations' offices, schools, bookstores, libraries or via the web. Some mental health difficulties are temporary, and may refer to the cognitive and/or emotional well-being of people during normal daily routines as well as when faced with varying levels of stress or anxiety. Anyone who can accurately assess his/her environment, fulfill his/her responsibilities at work and home, control his/her impulses, maintain happy relationships, cope successfully with stress and debility, and work well with others are considered mentally healthy. Use the resources in this pathfinder to learn more about mental health and illness.
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