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Mental Health

Did you know that more than 49 million Americans struggles with mental illness; and that more than 1 in 4 adults living with serious mental illnesses, also struggles with substance use challenge.


Mental illnesses can affect people of any age, race, religion, or income. A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, and ability to relate to others and daily functioning. 

Your mental health — your psychological, emotional, and social well-being — impacts every area of your life. Having positive mental health allows you to effectively deal with the daily stressors of life, communicate well with others, make healthy decisions and live life to its fullest.  

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services & Mental Health America.

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In January 2024, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) launched two free apps, Soluna and Brightlife Kids, to provide behavioral health services to young Californians and their caregivers. These apps are available to all California families, regardless of income, health insurance, or immigration status.

"You are more than your circumstances. You are your possibilities."

Susan Wagenaar
Founder, CCR

Mental and Emotional Health Resilience in Sobriety

(Colusa County Recovery) - Achieving and maintaining sobriety is a complex journey that requires ongoing commitment and support. While abstaining from substance use is a critical component of recovery, it is equally important to address the underlying issues that may have led to addiction in the first place. This is where mental and emotional health comes into play.

One of the most important aspects of mental and emotional health in sobriety is developing personal resilience. This includes building coping skills and healthy habits to manage stress, anxiety, and other difficult emotions that can trigger a relapse. As Susan Wagenaar, founder of Colusa County Recovery, points out, "In order to achieve long-term sobriety, individuals must focus on their well-being and personal resilience, which involves developing healthy habits that support their recovery journey."


“In addition to building resilience, addressing mental and emotional health issues through therapy, drug counseling, and support groups can also be crucial in maintaining sobriety,” says Wagenaar. “This can help individuals process past traumas or negative experiences that may have contributed to their addiction, as well as develop healthy communication skills and coping strategies.”


Ultimately, the journey to sobriety is a unique and personal one, but it is important to remember that mental and emotional health are integral components of the recovery process. With the right support, resources, and focus on mental and emotional health, individuals can achieve lasting sobriety and live their best life.


The World Health Organization defines self-care as: “the ability of individuals, families, and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider.” According to this definition, self-care includes everything related to staying physically healthy — including hygiene, nutrition, and seeking medical care when needed. It’s all the steps an individual can take to manage stressors in his or her life and take care of his or her own health and well-being.

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10 Mental Illness Signs You Should Not Ignore

10 Mental Illness Signs You Should Not Ignore

Mental illness, also known as mental health disorders, refers to a wide range of mental health problems that affect your mood, thinking, and behavior for a sustained period of time. Depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and addictive behaviors are examples of mental illnesses that can have a long-lasting impact on you. Are you wondering if your mental health is deteriorating? Do you remember the last time you felt sad, anxious, or scared that you were somehow “off”? As a disclaimer, do not use this video to self diagnose. These are more like warning signs that you should not ignore. Use them as a guide when talking to a professional when explaining how you are feeling. #mentalhealth #psych2go #mentalillness Related Videos: 10 Common Mental Illnesses Crash Course 7 Silent Facts About People Struggling With Their With Mental illness 5 Signs Your Mental Health is Falling Apart Credits Writer: Spicevicious Script Editor: Kelly Soong VO: Amanda Silvera Animator: Clarisse Lim Xingyi YouTube Manager: Cindy Cheong Storyboarder: Yi Lin Did you enjoy this animation? Would you like to see more? You can find more of Clarisse's work on our channel here: References American Academy of Pediatrics. (2020). “Mood Disorders and ADHD.” Healthy Retrieved from American Psychiatric Association. (2020). “What Is Depression?” American Psychiatric Association. Retrieved from Australian Government Department of Health. (2007). “What is Mental Illness?” Australian Government Department of Health. Retrieved from Brådvik L. (2018). Suicide Risk and Mental Disorders. International journal of environmental research and public health, 15(9), 2028. Harvard Medical School. (2020). “Sleep and Mental Health.” Harvard Health Publishing. Retrieved from Healthline. (2020). “Do I Have Anger Issues? How to Identify and Treat an Angry Outlook.” Healthline. Retrieved from Kumari, R., Chaudhury, S., & Kumar, S. (2013). Dimensions of hallucinations and delusions in affective and nonaffective illnesses. ISRN psychiatry, 2013, 616304. Mental Health America. (2020). “Mental Illness and the Family: Recognizing Warning Signs and How to Cope.” Mental Health America. Retrieved from Mental Health Foundation. (2020). “The Truth about Self-Harm.” Mental Health Foundation. Retrieved from (2015). “Recognizing Anger Signs.” Retrieved from (2019). “Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders.” Retrieved from National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. (2020). “Bipolar Disorder.” National Alliance on Mental Illness. Retrieved from National Institute of Mental Health . (2020). “Generalized Anxiety Disorder.” National Institute of Mental Health. Retrieved from National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. (2020). “Psychosis.” National Alliance on Mental Illness. Retrieved from National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. (2020). “10 Signs of Mental Illness” National Alliance on Mental Illness. Retrieved from National Institute of Mental Health . (2020). “Depression in Women: 5 Things You Should Know.” National Institute of Mental Health. Retrieved from Raymond H. Starr, Howard Dubowitz, Chapter 41 - SOCIAL WITHDRAWAL AND ISOLATION, Editor(s): William B. Carey, Allen C. Crocker, William L. Coleman, Ellen Roy Elias, Heidi M. Feldman, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (Fourth Edition), W.B. Saunders, 2009, Pages 397-406, ISBN 9781416033707, ( Trampe, D., Quoidbach, J., & Taquet, M. (2015). Emotions in Everyday Life. PloS one, 10(12), e0145450.

Positive Mental Health Quotes

  • “Your illness is not your identity. Your chemistry is not your character.” — Rick Warren