World Mental Health Day

Mental health is not static. There are times we feel our best and times we don’t. It’s okay to feel bad sometimes, especially if you are dealing with stressful or sad events. Overall mental health, like physical health, can be improved.


University of Michigan health services share several ways to improve our mental health. Some of those include:


  • Value yourself. Be kind and respectful to yourself. If you make time for your favorite pastimes and look to be open to broadening your horizons, you may see your outlook lighten.
  • Take care of your body. Your physical health is connected to your mental health and vice versa. Get rid of bad habits like smoking or excessive drinking. Pick up some good ones like regular exercise and nutritious meals.
  • Learn how to deal with stress. We all have stress and some of us cope better than others. But coping better with stress can be learned! Find humor in situations, exercise, journal or take a nature walk. See what works for you and keep at it!


If you or someone you know has a mental health issue that doesn’t seem to abate, seek help. Call SAMHSA’s helpline for information and treatment referrals at 800-662-4357.