We all have mental health, like we all have physical health. Both change throughout our lives. And, like our bodies, our minds can become unwell.
Mental health problems might actually be more common than you think. In fact one in four of us will be affected by mental illness in any year. The effects are as real as a broken arm, even though there isn’t a sling or plaster cast to show for it.
When people experience mental health problems, they often feel stressed, anxious, low and experience negative thoughts, often as a reaction to negative circumstances or events.
We all feel like that now and then, but it’s when these thoughts and feelings become so frequent and/or severe that they significantly disrupt our ability to cope with life on a daily basis, such as negatively affecting our relationships, work, sleep and quality of life, that they can become mental health problems.
How to improve your mental health
It’s important to remember that, with the right advice, guidance and information, people who experience difficulties are often able to return to a state of emotional and psychological wellbeing. But the sooner you get help the better.
There are lots of things that you can do, both with professional support or without, to help improve your mental health and emotional well-being. Doing something positive can sometimes make all the difference - for you and for others.
Information and advice about a range of issues that can effect mental health and wellbeing can also be found on NHS Choices.
The following positive steps could make all the difference.