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Mental Health

Mental health problems are similar to other health problems: some can be prevented; others will go away on their own with home treatment; and some need professional attention. Many mental health problems begin when physical stress (such as an illness or injury) or emotional stress (such as the loss of a loved one) triggers chemical changes in your brain. The goal of treatment for mental health problems – including self-care and professional treatment – is to reduce stress and restore the normal chemical processes in your brain.

In general, it is a good idea to seek professional help for a mental health problem when:

A symptom becomes severe or disruptive.

A symptom becomes a continuous or permanent pattern of behavior and does not respond to self-care.

Symptoms become numerous, affect all areas of your life, and do not respond to self-care or communication efforts.

You are thinking about suicide.

Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to helping you and your family with information and concerns about Mental Health. Below are some resources that we think you will find helpful. You can pick-up additional pamphlets, brochures, videos or tip-sheets in any of our Health Education Centers.