What is Mental Health?
The concept of mental health is often misunderstood. Although many think of mental disorders when they hear the term, mental health refers to our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Which affects how we think, feel, and act.
Access to mental health services is vital for a healthy community.
Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. It helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Which is why we develop and promote projects that highlight the truth about mental health and how to access behavioral and mental health services in Fond du Lac County.
Explore our site to learn about the suicide prevention, youth emotional health screening, and trauma-informed care initiatives which aim to promote positive mental health for all residents of Fond du Lac County by implementing the the strategies below. And help combat misinformation by learning the 9 most common mental health myths.
- Reduce Stigma: Educate the community about the facts related to mental health conditions, their occurrence in the general population, and the effectiveness of treatment in order to reduce the misunderstandings that can lead to fear and discrimination.
- Prevention: Create safe social and physical environments that promote positive mental health for county residents of all ages by increasing protective factors and incorporating trauma-informed and suicide-safe practices in all settings.
- Early Identification: Promoting the use of universal screening for trauma and mental health issues, and increasing the ability of gatekeepers within our county to assess, provide and/or connect consumers to services.
- Access: Enhance connections between mental health providers and organizations within our communities who serve people of all ages to make it easier to access and utilize behavioral health services.