Mental Health

At some point in our lives, many of us find ourselves in positions where we feel overwhelmed and unable to cope. In fact, each year about 15 million Americans, including more than 6 million men, experience depression. Being away from home and on the road can cause stress. When you add home demands, you have the recipe for even more stress, anxiety, or depression.

Learning to identify the symptoms of depression and a willingness to ask for help is important to maintaining good mental health. The following resources provide information about support programs and tips for ensuring your emotional health.

The National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is a good starting point for learning more about the signs, symptoms, and treatments of depression.

Importantly, NIMH can help you get help. NIMH suggests that if you’re unsure where to go for help, you should talk to someone you trust who has experience in mental health, like a doctor, nurse, or minister. NIMH provides more information about the types of people and places that will make a referral to, or provide, diagnostic and treatment services.

It takes courage to ask for help. Learn about depression in men and how to help yourself or others who are depressed.

Additional Mental Health Resources

Feeling sad, anxious, or distracted?  Take a minute with Aetna’s Anxiety, Depression, and Mind Checks to assess your feelings and learn more.

WebMD provides tools and resources for both women and men. The depression overview slideshow is a good place to start to learn more about depression including its symptoms and causes.

Everyday Health also provides a comprehensive resource center for finding out more about depression. Included in the resources is a useful discussion of how depression affects your overall health and wellness when left untreated.

Finding Help

Finding help to cope with and address mental health and addiction problems can be daunting. The following organizations can help in that search.

American Addiction Centers has developed drug rehab guides for addiction and mental health. These guides provide an overview of the kinds of questions that should be asked when considering a rehab program. Questions include the facility’s focus, treatment options, accreditation, and cost in order to make an informed choice. Find out more here. is a network of addiction treatment facilities that provide drug and alcohol detox, support, and comprehensive substance abuse treatment services to the individuals and families struggling with addiction. also provides resources addressing mental health and addiction, including a guide for identifying early signs of mental health issues.

Drug Rehab Connections is an informational website that connects addicts and their families with the help they need to put their lives together. provides resources addressing mental health and addiction.

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