We all have mental health. Here’s how to take care of your mind and recognise when you, or your mates, might need some support.
Lots of us think mental health is just mental health problems. You might have heard of conditions like depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder or remember celebs talking about their experiences. But we all have mental health. Just like physical health, we have times when our mental health is good and times when it’s less good. Sometimes you’ll feel sad, scared, stressed, anxious, worried or confused. These feelings are part of everyday life. They can be normal reactions to things going on around you. They don’t necessarily mean you have a mental health problem.
Mental health problems affect your moods and the way you behave, think and react.
If you have thoughts, feelings and reactions that feel difficult for a long time and get in the way of how you want to live your life, you could have a mental health problem.
We don’t know why some people get mental health problems and some people don’t. It’s probably a combination of the way we are born, the way we are bought up and the experiences we have.
"I stopped going out with friends. I stopped enjoying life. [My mental health problem] kept me from being the person who I was,"
Doctors have grouped together certain feelings, thoughts and behaviours and given them names (diagnoses).
Getting a diagnosis can help you get the right treatment. Some people find that having a diagnosis helps them understand more about what’s going on for them.
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Diagnoses aren’t everything. You could have a diagnosis but, right now, be able to manage your mental health and get on with your life.
You might not have a diagnosis but still find things very difficult. For example, you might:
Everyone’s experience is different and can change at different times.
Admitting that something isn’t right can feel scary – but there are people out there who want to help you. Here’s how to find them.
Mental health problems can be hard to talk about. Try writing things down to help you explain what’s going on for you.
“I just wanted to say never give up, find and talk to people who won’t judge you”
Looking after your mental health doesn’t always mean you can avoid mental health problems. But there are things you can do to take care of your mind.
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