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Mental Health Concerns and Diagnosis Quick Guide

The Mental Health Concerns and Diagnosis Quick Guide is for individuals who may struggle with the inability to function and be adaptive within their family and their community at large due to mental health issues.  Indicator(s): lack of ability to realize their own abilities, can’t cope with the stresses of life, can’t work productively and fruitfully, and are unable to make a contribution to their own community.  They may be dealing with any type of mental health problem, such as but not limited to depression, anxiety disorders, or even more severely, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and personality disorder.

The goal of the Mental Health Concerns and Diagnosis Quick Guide is not in any way attempt to diagnose or treat a mental illness but rather be able to recognize the possibility of a mental illness and refer them to the appropriate resource that could assist them; while also supporting positive mental health in the form of managing stress and mentally reframing.


  • Learning to manage stress is an important piece of positive mental health. For more information on exercises to help manage stress, see the Exercises and Tools learning resources.
  • Being able to recognize the sings of mental disorder can help know when to refer someone for services. For more information, see the Common Types of Mental Health Disorders document.
  • Returning Veterans experience very high rates of Mental Health Disorder, including depression and PTSD. These can affect their ability to integrate back into the civilian world. For more information see the Veterans and Mental Health folder.

There is a lot of confusion out there about what a mental illness is and what treatment for a mental illness looks like for more information see the Mental Illness Myths and Facts document.

Having a baby is supposed to be a time of great joy for parents, but for some women, postpartum depression can interfere with the ability to enjoy a new baby. Understanding the symptoms of postpartum depression can help in getting a new mother the help she needs. For more information see the Pregnancy and Post-Partum folder.

For community resources to help with mental health and disorder, see the Mental Health and Disorder Resource Tool