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“Mental health affects every aspect of our lives: how we feel about ourselves and the world; solve problems, cope with stress, and overcome challenges; build relationships and connect with others; and perform in school, at work, and throughout life. Mental health encompasses our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing, and is an essential component of overall health.”
U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory on Protecting Youth Mental Health, 2021

Understanding Mental Health

Let’s say you recognize that things are just not right for you or someone you know. Things have changed. What do you do to get help? First, determine if it is a crisis situation. If yes, click here or the ‘988 Lifeline’ button below. If it is not a crisis, it is still important that you address the noticeable changes. The sooner a mental health challenge is given the attention it deserves, the sooner the individual can begin to recover. Second, you need to know what type of mental health services are available to you or the person you are helping.

Engaging in education with mental health is an important process for every person. Get started or advance your understanding:

You can also learn through our A-Z topics, county database, and screening tool.

For more information or guidance regarding mental health, advocacy, or legal services, contact us:

MHANYS Mental Health Information Center
Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm
Call: (518) 434-0439 or (800) 766-6177

Our staff operates the MHIC Information and Referral Line. We link callers to a broad range of local, statewide, and national mental health organizations and programs, and answer questions on mental health and justice related topics.