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How to Talk About Mental Health
1st April 2023
What is mental health?
We all have mental health. It involves our emotional, psychological, and social well-being, and it affects how we think, feel, and act.
Our mental health is just as important as our physical health, if not more so. It can affect our everyday lives, including our ability do the things we need and want to, like work, study, getting on with people and looking after ourselves and others.
Another way to think about mental health is like thinking about the weather. As the seasons change, the weather does too. There are bright and sunny days which make us feel happy and want to do things like going outdoors, but on other days the weather can change to darker, rainy days, where you don’t feel like leaving the house. Like the weather, your mental health can go through periods of positive and bright bursts of energy, and it can also dip and drag you down a darker road. You may feel tired and lack motivation or energy to do the simple things, such as getting out of bed or getting on with your day.
Whatever you are feeling, know that this is completely normal, and you can seek support or speak to family and friends about how you are feeling.
What can cause mental health difficulties?
Lots of things can affect our mental health. Things like situations we’re in, things we’re doing and things outside of our control, including other people, our physical health, our finances and even the weather and world events such as the pandemic.
Everybody is affected by what happens to us, past and present. Things that happened even many years ago can affect our mental health today, for better or worse. Genetics also has an influence.
It’s good to talk about your mental health
It can be really difficult to talk to friends and family about your feelings. You might feel worried about upsetting people you care about and feel nervous about what people will think, or how it might affect your relationships. That’s Okay, these feelings are completely normal.
Some people feel more comfortable talking to friends or family, others would prefer to speak with a professional, there’s no right or wrong way.
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