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American Stroke Foundation

WellnessMental Health 101

Mental Health 101

Mental health is dynamic. This video includes information on what impacts mental health, how mental health can change following a stroke, and how to take care of your mind and emotional wellbeing. If you are considering seeking treatment to address your mental health, or want to know more, check out this resource: https://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/tools-resources/individuals/index.htm

Introduction & Definition (0:00-0:58)

Mental health takes into account our psychological, social, and emotional well-being.

Importance of Mental Health (0:59-1:43)

Prolonged stress or low levels of well-being can impact physical health. These conditions may also impact desire to participate in health habits such as: hygiene, grooming, exercise, and attending appointments.

Mental Health Changes (1:44-2:21)

It’s normal to experience mental health changes across the lifespan.

Mental Health Disorders (2:22-4:09)

A mental health disorder or mental illness is a diagnosis given by a doctor. This can be caused by a disruption in mental health, a traumatic event, or genetics.

Mental Health After A Stroke (4:10-5:07

Talk to a healthcare professional about changes in mental health you experience. 32% of survivors of stroke have depression and 25% of survivors of stroke experience anxiety in the acute phase.

Taking Care of Your Mind (5:08-6:55)

You can play an active role in your mental health by participating in one of these activities that makes you feel best. What works for each person may be different but consider trying: mindfulness meditation, practicing gratitude, or talking to someone about your feelings.

Self Check-In (6:56-7:50)

Ask yourself these questions to do a self-assessment of your mental well-being.

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