A Mental Health Continuum

Your Mental Health: What to Consider and When 

Ex. Feeling a little down, mostly able to do my day-to-day activities, some trouble sleeping, etc.

If so, ...Try:

  • Moving your body
  • Connecting with others
  • Getting adequate and consistent sleep
  • Eating nutritious foods
  • Talking to a trusted person
  • Practicing being present in the moment

Do I Have significant concerns that have lasted two weeks or more?

Ex. Difficulties falling or staying asleep, changes in appetite, struggling to do everyday tasks, loss of interest, or thoughts of harming self or others, etc.

If so, ...Seek professional help:

  • Consider making an appointment at PACS by caling (603) 862-2090
  • Consider making an appointment with Health & Wellness by calling (603) 862-9355 
Mental Health Continuum Chart

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Strategies and Resources if you are:

Feeling content, able to met challenges most days, mood fluctuates in response to life events

  • Connection with others
  • Move your body in ways that you enjoy
  • Eat at least 3 meals per day
  • Sleep 7-8 hours per night
  • Create and maintain other routines that help you feel good

Feeling more stressed, variability in mood, struggling to meet challenges, minor disruptions in performance and abilities

  • Seek out positive supports 
  • Seek out enjoyable activities
  • Take care of your body (sleep, food, movement)
  • Use strategies that have helped you cope in the past
  • Check in on your substance use
  • Learn about UNH's academic, physical, and mental health resources
UNH Resources

Feeling anxious, low mood, difficulty navigating challenges, disruption in daily functioning, low motivation

  • Stay connected with others
  • Take care of your body
  • Consider how your substance use is impacting your well-being
  • Use coping strategies
  • Consider using UNH's academic, physical, and mental health resources

Struggling with intense and distressing emotions, unable to meet life's demands

  • Get professional physical or mental health care 
  • Confide in most trusted supports
  • Take care of your body
  • Follow healthcare recommendations
  • Use coping strategies