Our emotional, psychological and social well-being make up mental health and these affect how we think, feel, and behave. Mental health also determines how we handle stress, make choices and relate to others. Thus, mental health is vital during each stage of life. Unfortunately, we have seen an increase in mental health problems, primarily suicide, especially in our youth. The good news is help is available and those struggling with mental health issues can get better; in fact many recover completely. Almost 1 in 5 Americans experiences mental health issues each year and a large proportion of the people who have a mental disorder have more than one. They can range from anxiety disorders; like panic, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) , to a variety of mood disorders; such as bi-polar and major depression, to schizophrenia to personality disorders like borderline personality disorder and to suicidal ideation. Awareness and education is essential not only to prevention but to understanding mental health disorders, thus breaking the stigma. If you, or someone you care about, is grappling with one, or several, mental health issues, you and they are not alone. You, or they, don’t have to sit in the darkness—there are people holding the light; guiding you, or them, safely home. Please reach out.