Healthy minds

As it’S Mental Health Awareness Week from May 21 to 28, we wanted to raise awareness of mental health.

What do you think about when you hear the words “mental health”? Do you have an image of people chattering away to people who aren’t there?

Nowadays people think about mental health in much broader terms. Mental health isn’t just about illnesses it’s also about having good mental health or emotional wellbeing.

Your mental and emotional wellbeing is about how you think and feel about yourself, the people and the world around you. It’s about being able to make friendships and handle relationships. Part of your mental health is also about how you learn from people around you and grow in your thinking.

A major part of emotional wellbeing is how you handle challenges and disappointments in life. Finding the strength to get over disappointments and overcome difficulties is all part of your mental wellbeing. Having confidence, healthy self-esteem and being able to make decisions all helps you bounce back from the knocks of life.

How you think and feel about yourself, others and the world is mainly something you learn as a young child. Family life and significant events shape these ideas. Some people think that mental health is something that you can inherit but it is more likely that you learn ways of interpreting and understanding the world from them instead

Getting help

Being strong and doing it by yourself is seen as a good thing, but when it comes to mental wellbeing it really isn’t. Don’t be afraid of asking for help if you feel you need it

What causes mental illness?

Mental illnesses can be caused by a number of factors:

Difficult family background, growing up scared of a parent or being abused can make people vulnerable to mental distress.

Hidden feelings that are held in and not expressed can affect mental health. This doesn’t just mean letting loose whenever you feel like it though – you still need to be considerate of other people’s feelings.

Stressful life events: traumatic events such the death of someone close or long term abuse can affect someone’s mental health.

Links

Rethink - www.rethink.org

Young Minds – www.youngminds.org.uk