Know Your Mind: Mental health is an important part of our overall health

Mental health is an important part of our overall health, and many of us need help at some time during our lives. This page is a place to start to “know your mind” better, and to learn more about the things you can do to support mental wellness, from self-care such as exercise to starting a conversation with your primary care provider. In the blogs and videos below, a generous group of local, volunteer mental health experts shares information on the symptoms and treatment of some of the most common mental health conditions, offers tips on self-care, and helps us all chart a course through emotionally challenging times.

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What is depression?

Depression is more than just feeling sad or unhappy. It’s feeling overwhelming sadness or a loss of interest and pleasure in your usual activities. Depression can affect almost every aspect of your life, including your behavior, your relationships, and your physical health. It’s one of the most common mental health conditions, and people of all ages and backgrounds experience it. The good news is that, with the right plan, many people can and do get better.

There is no single cause of depression, but traumatic events, genetics, life circumstances, chronic diseases, and drug and alcohol use can trigger or worsen depressive symptoms. To be diagnosed with depression by a health care provider, you need to have symptoms for at least two weeks.

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What is anxiety?

We all feel anxiety. It’s the emotion we experience when we’re worried about something. But feeling too anxious or anxious all the time is different. An anxiety disorder can make it hard to focus and leave you exhausted. It can even cause physical pain.

If you have anxiety that interferes with your daily life, it might be time to talk to a health care provider to see if what you are experiencing is an anxiety disorder. There are many different types of anxiety disorders, and many people with anxiety also experience depression.

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Monica T Campbell Ph.D

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Our local experts share their best tips for self-care, managing common mental health concerns, and talking to your health care provider.

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Let's be #mindPHL together

The #mindPHL campaign aims to reduce the stigma around people’s need for mental health support. It also encourages Philadelphians to seek help for their mental health challenges. Learn more about the #mindPHL campaign at This campaign is sponsored by the City of Philadelphia and Independence Blue Cross.

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