Healing & Recovery

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.

About 20% of the population suffers from a mental illness in a given year. There is a great range in the type and severity of mental health problems—they can be mild, moderate, or severe. People with mental health problems and their families may have to cope with disturbing symptoms as they seek healing and recovery. But, with treatment, people with mental illness can function, make valuable contributions, and lead fulfilling lives. It is important to be aware of your mental health and seek help or treatment when needed. All of us are responsible for treating every person, without exception, with respect and compassion. If you're interested in learning more about behavioral health, please explore the resources below.

Signs and Symptoms

Mental illness covers a wide variety of disorders, including: anxiety, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression, schizophrenia, substance use and other self-harming disorders.

Getting Help

When it comes to your mental health, it's important to know how to find and pay for care. Thankfully, there are many resources available to help you navigate getting help.

Advance Directives

An advanced directive is a legal document that empowers a person with mental illness to state their preferences for receiving treatment in advance of a mental health crisis.

Paying for Care

Whether or not you have health insurance, there are resources available to help you navigate paying for your behavioral health care.


There are programs, support groups, and services throughout Maryland to help people and families effected by mental health and substance use disorders.


Do you want to learn more about behavioral health? Consult our list of publications.

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