Mental health professionals work in intensely stressful environments. Clients, organizations, policies, and in a broader sense, society, place high expectations on mental health practitioners. Students new to the profession, clinical practitioners, supervisors, and case managers alike, deal with difficult, stressful issues on a daily basis. For individuals who have difficulty coping, these stressors can take a heavy toll over time. As mental health practitioners, it is our responsibility to meet these challenges, to develop strategies to manage these stressors in positive ways lest we render ourselves ineffective. Not only do we suffer if we are unable to cope with our stress, so too do those with whom we work.

This module was designed to provide mental health practitioners with learning opportunities focusing on both self-care and stress. By recognizing the causes of stress in our life, we can then utilize or develop coping strategies to move forward. We demand this of our clients. So too should we demand it of ourselves.


This section is designed to help you learn about:


This section is designed to help you apply your learning to professional practice:


SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center

The National Institute of Health

Mental Self-Care: WebMD

Advance PCS: The Health Improvement Company

Family Self-Care Handbook