It’s Mental Health Awareness Week – and what better time to show your support for better mental health.
Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, and Mind is always on hand to provide information and support for anyone that needs it. But this week is a great time to have a chat with a friend, family member or colleague and have think about your own wellbeing too. You could even join one of Mind’s campaigns to help make sure no one experiences a mental health.
What are mental health problems?
In many ways, mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it.
Good mental health means being generally able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life. But if you go through a period of poor mental health you might find the ways you’re frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with. This can feel just as bad as a physical illness, or even worse.
Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year. They range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
‘I now know that if I felt there was something wrong, it’s because there was, but I didn’t understand mental health fully’.
It’s a spectrum and you should feel able to decide where and when you are on that spectrum.