What is ‘Mental Health’?

We hear people using the term ‘mental health’, but what is it exactly? Well, we all have ‘mental health’; we all need to look after ourselves emotionally as well as physically. However, the phrase ‘mental health’ is commonly only thought of if someone is perceived as having a ‘problem’ and therefore it can have negative connotations attached to it.

In fact, it’s said that around 1 in 10 young people suffer from mental health problems.

Life has its good and bad sides, making all of us vulnerable to the effects of these as we go about our day-to-day lives. In order to get through a day, without even realising it, we all juggle mentally with how to cope with situations and problems we come across, and we all cope differently with them. To some, a large issue may seem small, or vice versa – the important thing to remember is that, indeed, we are all different and there is no right or wrong way to feel. Our self-perception can become distorted if we find ourselves comparing ourselves to others; it could start to affect self-esteem and self-confidence, our relationships (personal and work), and make us feel inadequate.

It’s quite normal to feel anxious, upset or worried. Problems and pressures are part of our everyday existence, like exams, jobs, family worries and relationship issues, but it’s useful to understand when you might need a little extra help to give you some ideas to help you cope with them better. If they are seriously affecting your life, or they’re really getting you down – you may have started to self-harm, or become increasingly more depressed – then it’s going to be really useful to talk to someone professional who understands and can give solid advice, or can help you try some self-help techniques.

Looking after yourself…

There are lots of ways you can look after your mental well-being; you can get great ideas and support from courses which are run especially to help. Also, some people attend these type of courses because they’re worried about someone they know and are looking for ways to help them.

ABC Training Services are running a course on Youth Mental Health First Aid on 15th & 16th October 2018. If you’d like to come along just call us to book a place.

Or, if you’d just like to find out more about how we can help you, give us a call, too.

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