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Why it’s important 

  • One in four – Mental health problems are believed to affect around one in four people each year in the UK. That means that around 16 million people in the UK will experience a mental health problem.  

 

  • Stigma still exists – Although our society is making strides in combatting stigma, it unfortunately still exists. In fact, 51% of young people believe that anyone their age diagnosed with a mental health problem would be embarrassed. 

 

  • 800,000 Every year – The World Health Organisation reports that close to 800,000 people die by suicide worldwide every year. Furthermore, for each suicide, there are more than 20 suicide attempts.  

 

 

Mental Health - The Basics

Mental health is just as important as physical health.

 

You may have heard that mental health is just as important as physical health – and that’s true. Mental health is something that we all have and it’s something that can have a big impact on our lives, and the lives of those around us.

 

We all have mental health – and it exists on a scale of good to poor, just like our physical health. A person who is considered ‘mentally healthy’ is able to make the most of their potential, deal with the stresses of life, and function personally, socially, and at work.

 

It is important to understand your mental health can change as circumstances change and as you move through different chapters of your life. It is not a static thing – it can change throughout our life.

 

On this page we provide a basic overview of the causes of mental health issues, the stigma that still surrounds mental health and how we can look after our mental health and of those around us – Which is particularly important in the workplace or a team environment.

 

What are mental health problems?

It’s believed that as many as one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem at some point. You may see mental health problems referred to as mental illnesses, mental health conditions, or something similar.

 

Some people prefer for different terms to be used – so if you know that someone prefers to talk about their problem in a certain way, try to support them with this and be mindful of your language choices.

 

 

Example Mental Health Problems

Mental health problems can vary from more short-term to more long-term and severe psychological issues, and can include:

 

  • Addictions
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Body dysmorphia
  • Depression
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Phobias
  • Psychosis
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sleep problems (like insomnia)

 

Can you recover from a mental health problem?

Yes. It is possible to recover from mental health problems – although recovery can mean different things to different people. For some people, recovery might mean overcoming or reducing certain symptoms. For others, it can mean learning to manage symptoms and gaining back more control over life.

 

There are a number of treatment and support options that can help people on their recovery journey. The most common types of treatment people receive in the UK are talking therapies (like psychotherapy and counselling) and medication.

 

What causes mental health problems?

The causes of mental health problems can include things like:

 

  • Traumatic experiences – including things like bereavement
  • Our upbringing
  • Being in poverty or debt
  • Unhealthy relationships and domestic abuse
  • Being bullied or discriminated against
  • Unhealthy levels of stress at work or in life more generally
  • Losing your job or being unemployed
  • Having little or no social support and feeling lonely
  • Having a physical health condition that has a big impact on your life
  • Biological factors – some research indicates that things like our genes may influence to development of some mental health problems

 

 

How can we look after our mental health?

Although life can throw us challenges, we can help to look after our own mental health by doing things like:

 

Getting support when we need it – there are lots of people out

there (whether it’s a friend, family member, or organisation) who

can provide you with the right help

Monitoring our feelings and recognising the early warning signs

that we are feeling more emotionally drained or distressed (like

feeling more irritable, having worse sleep, and lacking motivation)

Regularly meeting up with friends and family

Talking about our feelings and experiences

Eating healthily and avoiding an unhealthy consumption of alcohol

Getting enough exercise

Getting a good amount of sleep

Thinking about our own values and taking steps to do things that we like and that matter to us

Taking a break sometimes – whether it’s for five minutes to do some deep breathing, having a bath, or a short break in the form of a holiday or break from work if possible

 

How can we look out for those around us?

We should also look out for those around us. The signs of poor mental health can include:

 

  • Lacking energy or appearing tired
  • Appearing more upset than usual
  • Being more easily confused, and not being able to concentrate
  • Not wanting to be sociable/becoming withdrawn
  • Not wanting to do things they usually enjoy
  • A change in routine, such as sleeping or eating differently
  • Misusing alcohol or drugs
  • Finding it hard to cope with everyday life
  • Appearing restless/irritable
  • Not taking care of themselves
  • Being unusually accident-prone
  • Saying things like ‘You wouldn’t believe what I’ve been through’
  • Saying negative things about themselves and their life
  • Saying things that are unusual or irrational

 

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