In the same way that everyone has physical health, we all have mental health. We have to look after our mental health in the same way as our physical health. Like our bodies, our minds can become unwell.
Mental health problems are very common. One in four people in the UK are affected by mental health problems each year. This means that it’s likely that you are working with, or know someone, experiencing a mental health problem at the moment.
Mental disorders are more than just going through life’s ups and downs. They are debilitating experiences that need intervention and support.
Common mental disorders include:
- anxiety disorders (e.g obsessive - compulsive disorder)
- eating disorders (e.g anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa)
- psychotic disorders (e.g schizophrenia). Click here for a short BBC film which explores what it is like to hear voices.
For more information on mental health, there is more information on the Mind website, a mental health charity; and on the Time To Change website, a mental health awareness campaign. We found the information really accessible!
Need to talk? Concerned about a friend or relative? Please see our resources page for more information on organisations that offer help and advice on mental health.