What is mental health?
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 healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
You should not feel ashamed
According to the World Health Organisation, 1 in 4 people will experience mental health problems at some point in their lives. That’s one-quarter of the world’s population and yet people feel ashamed to talk about it.
Mental illness is no one's fault. No one asks to have a mental illness and it is definitely not a choice we make. We're not ashamed when our bodies get sick, so why should we be ashamed when our minds aren't in top form?
It is important as a society we learn to talk openly about mental health. The more we openly discuss it, the more acceptable it becomes. When we share our experiences with mental illness, we inspire others to prioritise their own mental well-being. Hear the stories of 13 young people people aged 18-25 as they talk about what it's like to live with a mental health problem, and what helps them cope in Mind's video Mental Health: In Our Own Words
What are the different types of mental illness?
There are many types of mental health conditions, with some of the most common including::
- Bipolar Affective Disorder
- Schizophrenia and other Psychosis
- Eating Disorders
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
To find out more about these conditions and their related symptoms, click here.
Here are some links you might find useful:
How to talk to your GP about your mental health
How to cope with panic attacks
For more help
If you feel like you might seriously harm yourself, you need urgent medical help. Please:
You are not alone
Mind are an amazing charity with lots of information on their website and many, many people desperate to help.
Call the Mind information line on 0300 123 3393 or visit the their website for more information.
To make a donation to help Mind continue its amazing work, please click here to visit our My Health Assistant Just Giving page. All donations go directly to Mind.