As I’m sure you are all aware, mental health has been a very hot topic in the news and the NHS recently.
I’m here today to write a blog just to notify you all a little bit about the basics of mental health and how we can all get involved to improve the quality of mental heath of those around us, in order to make a positive difference to the lives of those affected by mental health problems.
Being mentally healthy doesn’t mean you don’t have a mental health problem.
if in good mental health:
you are able to:
make the most of your potential
cope with life
play a full part in your family, workplace, community and friends
Mental health is our business, when everyone has times they feel down, afraid or anxious but sometimes they can develop into a more serious issue. There is a stigma to mental health, meaning people who are affected don’t talk about them as much, but it is good to know and say how you feel.
symptoms can be divided into neurotic or psychotic. Neurotic – severe forms of normal emotional experiences e.g. anxiety Psychotic – interfere with a persons perception of the real world e.g. hallucinations e.g. feeling or seeing things others can’t.
How to cope with mental health?
talk about your feelings. keep active. eat well. drink sensibly ( alcohol affects the body worse ) keep in touch e.g. face to face interactions with loved ones , friends etc. Take a break e.g. change of scenery. Do something you are good at. Accept who you are.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
care for others.
being a friend is very important, being able to help each other wherever and whenever we can. caring for others is an important part of keeping a relationship with people close to you and it can help even bring you closer together than you ever were before.