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What is mental health?

What does it mean to be mentally healthy? What goals should psychotherapy set its sights on? This article discusses.

Mental health hotlines

A number of local and national hotlines exist to support individuals experiencing mental health crises. Most take calls immediately and are open 24 hours per day.
Local Hotlines

Baltimore County Crisis Hotline for Emergency Mental Health: 410-931-2214
Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc.: 410-433-5175

National Hotlines

National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK
Self-harm Hotline: 1-800-DONT-CUT
LGBT National Hotline: 1-888-843-4564
Suicide […]

How to respond to a mental health emergency or crisis

What is a mental health emergency? What is a mental health crisis?
A mental health emergency is a life-threatening situation in which someone has become an immediate danger to themselves or others, is in severe distress, has lost the ability to function independently, or is extremely disorientated or out-of-touch with reality.

A mental health crisis is […]

Safe-place Visualization

Safe-place visualization is a powerful stress-reduction technique. Using it, you can soothe yourself by imagining a peaceful, safe place where you can relax.

Openness to Experience

This article examines the Openness domain of personality and its six facets: fantasy, aesthetics, feelings, actions, ideas, and values.


This article examines the Extraversion domain and its six facets: warmth, gregariousness, assertiveness, activity, excitement-seeking, and positive emotions.


This article examines the Agreeableness domain of personality and its six facets: trust, straightforwardness, altruism, compliance, modesty, and tender-mindedness.


This post discusses the Neuroticism domain of personality and its six facets: anxiety, angry hostility, depression, self-consciousness, impulsiveness, and vulnerability to stress.


This article discusses the Conscientiousness domain of personality and its six facets: competence, orderliness, dutifulness, achievement striving, self-discipline, and deliberate decision-making.

The Big-5 Personality Traits

Personality traits are attributes of a person that are reasonably characteristic of the person, enduring over time, and relatively consistent across situations. Our patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving emerge from these "default settings" in conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, neuroticism, and openness.