Good Mental Health
It’s easy to think that mental health issues don’t concern us, but one in four of us will have a mental health problem at some point in our lives. That’s a quarter of the population. Despite that, there is a lot of stigma and misunderstanding about what mental health means.
Very simply, ‘good’ mental health is your ability to fulfil a number of key functions and activities, including:
- The ability to learn
- The ability to feel, express and manage a range of positive and negative emotions
- The ability to form and maintain good relationships with others
- The ability to cope with and manage change and uncertainty
Things can happen to change our ability to cope or react in the way we normally would. Stress and depression are very common problems which can affect us, and they can be triggered by many things: financial worry, relationship problems, poor physical health, trauma, job uncertainty, overwork, poor diet, alcohol or drug misuse, and more. These are things that most of us face and one in four of us will have had a period of poor mental health as a result. It’s important to remember that you are not alone.
Accepting that you could benefit from some help or guidance is a big step (and if you’re reading this you’ve already taken the first step) and is nothing to feel bad about. Finding life harder to cope with than usual is not uncommon, and nobody – not your partner, family, GP or anyone – will think less of you for looking for help.