Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Behavioral health issues affect millions of adolescents and adults in the United States with about 1 in 5 adults, aged 18 or older, having a mental illness.

Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

  • Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
  • Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
  • Family history of mental health problems

Mental health problems are common and help is available. People with mental health problems can improve and many recover completely.

At Wake Forest Baptist, the patient's best interests come first. This commitment takes priority over everything else we do. Even though we are an academic center with serious commitments to education and research, we never lose sight of the fact that all our activities serve one person - the patient.

Our mission is to improve behavioral health and well-being of the people of this region by means of patient care, education and research. It is the full and thoughtful integration of these three elements that makes academic medical centers different; it is the dedication to placing patient care first that identifies the best of these centers.