What is mental health?
Being mentally healthy doesn't just mean that you don't have a mental health problem.
If you are in good mental health, you can:
- Make the most of your potential
- Cope with life
- Play a full part in your family, workplace, community and among friends.
Some people call mental health 'emotional health' or 'well-being' and it is just as important as good physical health.
Mental health problems range from the worries we all experience as part of everyday life to serious long-term conditions. The majority of people who experience mental health problems can get over them or learn to live with them, especially if they get help early on.
Everyone is different, you may bounce back from a setback while someone else may feel weighed down by it for a long time.
Your mental health doesn't always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages of your life.
Your mental health can also change due to:
- A housing concern
- Employment matters
- Benefits issues
- Family breakdown
- Immigration problems
- Other external factors.
If you are experiencing one of the above concerns or require help for a specific issue, please click on the directory links and enter your postcode to see which local organisations may support you.
In all cases, one of your first stops should be your GP. They will be familiar with your medical history and will be able to direct you to any appropriate treatment if required which may include referring you to a specialist Mental Health Service.