About Mental Health
What is a Mental Illness?
A mental health illness is about how we think, feel and behave. Mental health illnesses take many different forms and affect people in different ways. There is no single cause of mental health illness and the reasons why they develop are complex. Mental health illnesses can affect anyone. Without support and treatment, mental health illnesses can have a serious affect on the individual and those around them. However, the majority of people who experience mental health illnesses can get over them, or learn to live with them, especially if they get help early on
Who is affected by a Mental Illness?
Anyone can be affected by a mental health illness throughout their life. In the UK, people who are living with a disability, people with poor living conditions, people from ethnic minority groups and people who are homeless are the most common groups of people who are affected by mental illnesses. Diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia generally develop in old age, whereas eating disorders are more common in young people. Mental health illnesses can also develop from difficult life events, such as moving house, losing your job or the death of someone close to you.
Stepping Stones to help you achieve good mental health...
Connect- connect with the people around you, they may be your family, friends, colleagues or your neighbours. Connect with others and spend time developing these relationships.
Be active- being active isn't going to the gym or pushing yourself to extreme limits, being active means finding an activity that you enjoy. Make that activity a part of your life.
Keep learning- learning something new can give you a sense of achievement or confidence.
Give to others- even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word.
Be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you.
All information delivered on this page, is taken from respected NHS websites.