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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a way to prevent mental illness?

There is no sure way to prevent mental illness, however taking care of your overall health and taking steps to control stress will help to increase your resilience and self-esteem.  If you have a mental illness, a mental health professional can help you develop a treatment plan and strategies to help you manage your symptoms.  A few ideas for helping include:

  • Get routine and preventative medical care by your primary care physician.
  • Get help when you need it! This will help ensure that symptoms are addressed early when they are easier to talk about, and ongoing, helping to prevent a relapse of symptoms.
  • Pay attention to warning signs.  Learn what might trigger your symptoms.  If you notice any changes in symptoms or how you feel, contact your doctor or therapist.  
  • Involve family members or friends to help you watch for warning signs.