Warning Signs of Mental Health Conditions*

  • Excessive fear, anxiety, or worry
  • Feelings of depression or extreme sadness
  • Confusion, issues learning, and/or difficulty concentrating
  • Extreme changes in moodIntense or prolonged anger or irritability
  • Avoidance of friends, loved ones, and social activities
  • Changes in sleeping or eating habits
  • Exhaustion
  • Delusions or hallucinations
  • Overuse of substances (e.g., alcohol or drugs)
  • Physical issues without an obvious cause (e.g., unexplained headaches or stomach aches)
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Unable to carry out daily activities or cope with problems and stress

* National Alliance on Mental Health and Illness. Warning signs and symptoms. NAMI. 2023. https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Warning-Signs-and-Symptoms.

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The 2023 AAHA Mentoring Guidelines are generously supported by Chewy Health and Merck.


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