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Preventive strategies

Learn more about building resilience, making healthy lifestyle choices, and overcoming the stigma of getting help.


Resilience describes the ability to handle difficult situations and being able to bounce back quickly and fully from setbacks without serious long-term effects. It is not something that some people have and others do not. Resilience is something that people can learn and develop.

How to build resilience:

The American Psychological Association (APA) outlines 10 ways to build resilience:

  • Maintain strong relationships with others
  • Consider your interpretation and response
  • Accept that change is inevitable and cannot be controlled
  • Set small, realistic goals to help you move forward
  • Take actions to address the problem or situation
  • Look for opportunities for growth
  • Believe in yourself and your abilities
  • Focus on the big picture
  • Be optimistic
  • Take care of yourself by practicing healthy habits

Lifestyle choices

Lifestyle choices are the behaviors and activities that make up your daily life like work, leisure activities, eating habits, and relationships with others. Because lifestyle choices determine overall health and well-being, it is important to practice positive behaviors that help you stay at your best.

Making healthy lifestyle choices

Explore the links below to find out more about how you can make better lifestyle choices.

Overcome stigma

Like physical injury or illness, emotional/mental stress or strain are real issues that sometimes require treatment to heal. Physical and behavioral health conditions share many similarities, including:

  • Both can heal over time
  • Both can leave a lasting scar
  • Both have varying levels of severity requiring different levels of treatment
  • Both can hinder performance and lead to lifelong disability if left untreated
  • Both can heal faster and more completely with appropriate acknowledgement and care

With so many similarities, why do behavioral health conditions sometimes carry a greater social stigma?


Within certain communities or social circles, people may hold negative attitudes or beliefs about behavioral health that can cause group members to deny or attempt to hide their challenges to avoid negative labels, judgment, disapproval, or discrimination. The stigma may prevent individuals from seeking help when it is needed and may also lead to feelings of shame, anger, hopelessness or despair. When it comes to mental health and well-being, it is important to remember everyone is at risk and no one is immune.


No specific concerns, but interested in finding strategies to stay healthy and strengthen resilience?

Prevention strategies


Experiencing symptoms that may or may not be causing trouble in your life and want to find out why?

Identify common signs


Have a behavioral health diagnosis and want to learn more about the condition or treatment options?

Determine your options


The Autism Center of Excellence provides accurate and up-to-date information about Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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