Introduction To Mental Health

Introduction to mental health

Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Types of mental disorders

The most common types of mental illness are as follows:

  • Mood disorders (such as depression or bipolar disorder)
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia)
  • Eating disorders
  • trauma-related disorders (such as post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Substance abuse disorders

Why should we focus on good mental health?

  • Be physically healthy
  • Cope with the stresses of life
  • Have good relationships
  • Make positive contributions to your community
  • Work productively
  • Realise your full potential

Within the Power Circle community, we are lucky have other likeminded people to tap into. One of the aims of The Power Circle is to share our experiences and journey so far, and that may inspire others and assure people that they are not alone.

Power Circle supergroup member Aaron (@amc_health) believes that Mental Health is everyone’s responsibility; 

WE ALL HAVE IT! Look after yourself and those around you!

He has produced this handy visual to remind you of all the factors involved in looking after our mental health.

Aaron is the founder of Mental Health muscle @mentalhealthmuscle

How do you recognise your own mental health issues?

Mental illnesses are conditions that affect your thinking, feeling, mood, and behaviour. They may be occasional or long-lasting (chronic) and can affect your ability to relate to others and function each day.

Mental illness and mental health are best thought of as being on a continuum. The lines can be blurry from episodes of feeling low (which is normal) and chronic long lasting episodes of a low mood. Any dividing line is usually based on the following:

  • The severity of symptoms
  • How long symptoms last
  • Do symptoms affect the ability to function in daily life

There is a vast support network available via many avenues. Charities are an easy access point. They have trained professionals who specialise in helping people overcome illness.

Please click on the Mind banner for information on a variety mental health problems, treatment options and where to go for support.

Mind, is one example of many mental health charities.

Their mission statement is a great way to end this blog post: ” We’re here to make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone”

Talking is the first step to change, I have a open-mind, open-door policy and you are welcome to reach out in any way you feel comfortable with.

Please check out my other mental health related posts under the Wellbeing blog category, which delve into specific topics close to my heart, maybe they will help you share your story.

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