Mental Health

Self-Care

Mental health refers to an individual’s level of cognitive and emotional well-being. Though there is no official definition of mental health because it is a subjective term dependent on cultural factors, the World Health Organization defines mental health as an individual’s state of well-being in which he or she realizes their abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.

There are many different types of mental disorders that affect everyday functioning. If you feel as if you might be experiencing a mental disorder, the following are possible symptoms that you might notice:

  • change in personality,
  • extreme mood swings,
  • change in eating and sleeping patterns,
  • inability to cope with stress or problems,
  • excessive anxiety,
  • substance abuse,
  • depression,
  • thoughts of suicide,
  • strange or grandiose ideas,
  • and violent behavior.

There are many ways to get help for mental health problems. If you experience any of the above symptoms, the best thing to do is talk to a healthcare professional at the AU Medical Clinic and seek a psychological consultation. Individuals suffering from mental health should seek help and remember the following things:

  • many other people suffer from mental health issues,
  • mental health issues are not the individual’s fault,
  • mental health issues do not make individuals any different or less worthy than others,
  • and there are many solutions for mental health problems available to Auburn students.

Below is a list of resources offering more information on mental health and ways to get help.

Last Updated: 6/13/2011