Mental Health

explained

A new place to get help with your mental health and wellbeing.

What is mental health?

Our mental health is the health of our mind – it affects our feelings, thoughts, mood and behaviour – how we think about ourselves and our lives, how we cope with life’s ups and downs and our relationships with family and friends.

1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any year.

Types of mental health

Talking about mental health can be confusing – often people think about mental illness and mental health problems when they hear these words. Actually we all have mental health, and we can be well or unwell, just as with our physical health. Our mental health is just as important as our physical health and we need to look after it!

Depression

Most people experience ups and downs and it is normal to feel sad, lonely, down or stressed some of the time, particularly when we are facing challenges in our lives.

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Stress

There are many reasons why you might feel over-stressed, different things cause stress in different people and often stress is the build-up of lots of things rather than a single event.

OCD

Coming soon!

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Eating Problems

Eating disorders are serious illnesses that can affect young people, children and adults of all ages, genders and ethnicity.

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Anxiety

Anxiety is the feeling of fear or panic. Like stress it can be a very physical experience, making us feel tense, shaky, dizzy, nauseous or short of breath or giving us butterflies in our stomachs, a racing heart or sweaty palms.

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Psychosis

Psychosis is a set of psychological symptoms which have an impact on the way a person understands their reality, such as seeing, hearing or believing things that others don’t.

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Self Harm

Self- harm can be really hard to understand, but it is a lot more common than people think. At least 1 in 12 young people self-harm, and this is probably an under-estimation – so if you are self-harming you are not alone, and there is help available.

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Bipolar Disorder

Coming soon!

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Need help now?

If you need to speak to someone urgently call your GP or family doctor!

or

Childline up to 19yrs : 0800 1111
The Samaritans: 116 123
In an emergency go to A&E or call 999

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