Frequently asked questions

A mental illness is defined as a disorder which causes irrationality in someone's behaviour or thinking. Mental illness can refer to a large range of mental conditions that people can suffer from, sometimes more than one at a time.

A wellbeing toolkit can help you look after your mental health on a daily basis. Some of the things that you should include in your wellbeing toolkit are:

  • Remember you are only human and sometimes bad things happen
  • Sometimes our brain doesn't know what is real and what isn't so when we are getting stressed about thoughts, our brain can think that is what is actually happening. So try to remind yourself it isn't happening.
  • Try to swap negative thoughts for positive - make it into a new habit
  • Eat well, exercise well and sleep well
  • Set goals for yourself, some outside of your comfort zone to try and push yourself that little bit further
  • Remember to take a minute to breathe
  • If you are an employer, put in a wellness Action Plan at work. To see how your staff feel about their mental health and what can be done to improve it.

You could talk to your GP, the Samaritans, online chat services, a friend/family member that you can trust or a Mental Health First Aider at work.

There is a vast multitude of things that could cause ill-mental health. Sometimes it will be more than just one cause. And different people will be affected differently by the same cause. Some of the factors listed below could result in poor mental health but this list is not exhaustive:

  • Childhood or adulthood abuse, trauma or neglect
  • Social loneliness, disadvantage or poverty
  • Violence, bullying or other abuse
  • Trauma like military combat, or experiencing something where you feared for your life
  • Homelessness
  • Long-term stress
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Bereavement
  • Physical damage

While some feelings of anxiety can be normal you should see a GP if anxiety is affecting your daily life or causing you distress. Your GP will then discuss with you your symptoms, worries, fears and emotions.

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