Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
- Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
- Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
- Family history of mental health problems
Mental health problems are common but help is avaliable.
What to do in an emergency?
For urgent medical attention, your options are Accident & Emergency (A&E) and Emergency GP appointments.
For urgent medical advice you can call the NHS 111.
Mens Mental Health
We have a page dedicated to all things mens health including sources that are specifically targetted at mens mental health. For more information please head over to our Mens Health Page.
World Mental Health Day
This year’s World Mental Health Day, on 10 October, comes at a time when our daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Every Mind Matters offers a range of resources that help spot the signs of common mental health concerns, offers practical self-care tips and guidance and, importantly, explains when to seek further support. It also has a free NHS-approved online tool the Every Mind Matters Your Mind Plan.
This free online resource helps people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others too.
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