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Mental health is how we think about life or issues, how we feel about ourselves and others, and how we handle change, stress, and other things that happen to us. With good mental health, you feel good about yourself, relaxed with other people, and handle tasks and problems easily. Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your body. If you have a broken bone, you would go to a doctor; if you have a mental health problem, you should seek treatment.

Children and Youth

Almost 2/3 of all young people with behavioral health problems do not get the help they need. Without help, these problems can lead to school failure, substance use, and family trouble. Get more information on mental health disorders in children and youth and explore our resources.


About 20% of the population suffers from a mental illness in a given year. It is important to be aware of your mental health and seek help or treatment when needed. Learn more about mental health and take a look at our valuable resources.

Older Adults Vibrant Minds

MHAMD's Older Adult Program brings important education to the community and professional networks regarding late life mental health.

Healthy New Moms

MHAMD's Healthy New Moms program works to raise awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and offer support and resources to moms, families, and providers across the state.

Paying for Care

MHAMD works to ensure that all Marylanders have access to health insurance coverage that includes fair, accessible, and affordable behavioral health care. Learn about parity laws, the Affordable Care Act, and more.

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