What do we mean by Mental Health?
Mental wellbeing describes your mental state – how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life.
Good mental health can be defined as a state of physical, emotional and social wellbeing. If someone is mentally healthy they are able to cope with the ups and downs of day to day living, whilst having the energy to lead active lives, achieve personal goals and interact with others.
What do we mean by mental health?
In any one year, 1 in 4 British adults will be affected by a mental disorder. Mental health problems rarely happen overnight and usually appear gradually. They often start with gradual changes in your thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
We are all different. What affects someone’s mental wellbeing won’t necessarily affect others in the same way. But we all have times when we have low mental wellbeing, where we feel stressed, upset or find it difficult to cope.
Common life events that can affect your mental wellbeing include:
- loss or bereavement
- relationship problems
- issues at work
- worry about money
These feelings can often be intense, but are often temporary. With the right support and help people make good, positive steps towards recovery.
When should you be concerned about your Mental Health?
If you find yourself struggling with the demands of day to day life, thinking, speaking or acting out of character, experience a persistent low mood or loss of enjoyment from life, suffer from feelings of worthlessness and suicidal thoughts, or begin exhibiting unpredictable, reckless and erratic behavior you may be suffering from a mental health condition.
Ask for help
- Think about treatment options. If you’re finding things really difficult, you might want to talk to a private healthcare specialist.
- You might want to try counselling to talk through the things you are finding challenging with a trained professional. See our experts on seeking help for more on how to speak to your doctor about your mental health.
- Don’t pressure yourself to carry on as normal. Take small steps and if you are finding it difficult to cope on your own, don’t be afraid to ask for help. For example, you may need support at work or help with day-to-day tasks, such as cleaning or childcare.
- Plan for a crisis. When you’re really unwell, it can be hard to ask for the support you need or figure out what support you want. Making a crisis plan while you’re well can help you can stay in control of your treatment, and mean other people know how best to help.
- Stay safe. If your feelings become overwhelming, and you have suicidal thoughts or you think you may self-harm, remember that you can pick up the phone at any time of night or day and talk to the Samaritans, contact your GP, phone NHS 24 or attend at your nearest accident and emergency department.