Definition of Mental Health
According to the World Health Organization, mental health is "a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stressors of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his/her community."
The World Health Organization (WHO) provides resources for maternal, child, and adolescent mental health as well as programs for suicide prevention.
Risks of Mental Health Issues
Mental health issues are often associated with higher rates of chronic disease and risk factors such as smoking, physical inactivity, obesity, and substance use and abuse.
In 2003, the percentage of Greenfield residents who had considered suicide was less than one percent. In 2009, this statistic had drastically increased to 6 percent. The Greenfield Health Department is hoping to increase awareness of the impact of mental health on personal wellness and the availability of community resources for all residents.
If you or someone you know needs immediate help, please contact one of the following crisis hotlines: