Your Mental Health

Mental Health refers to our cognitive, behavioural and emotional wellbeing – it is all about how we think, feel and behave.

According to the WHO (World Health Organization), mental health is:

“… a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”

The WHO stresses that mental health “is not just the absence of mental disorder.”

Common Conditions

Common conditions include anxiety disorders, eating disorders and mood disorders. Mood disorders are also known as affective disorders or depressive disorders. Patients with these conditions have significant changes in mood, generally involving either mania (elation) or depression.

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Severe Conditions

Severe conditions include dementia, psychotic disorders, schizophrenia, dissociative disorders and personality disorders. They can be particularly extreme and frightening for people experiencing them as well as family and friends observing the symptoms of these disorders.

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Why It's Important

Mental health problems are a growing public health concern. Any one of us could develop mental health problems, no matter how old we are, whether we are male or female, rich or poor, and regardless of our ethnic, religious or cultural group.

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Self Help

There is a lot you can do to take control of your mental health and the mental health of your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. You should look for the early signs of deteriorating mental health and, when you notice those signs, you should take action, including seeking help.

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