#
Unit 1 > Services > Mental health and well-being


Mental health problems can affect anyone, rich or poor, young or old, any culture or any background.

Every individual has emotional and mental needs.  Good mental health is important as it affects an individual’s self concept, how they cope with relationships, education  and everyday life events.

Mental health problems and disorders are health conditions that change the way we think, feel or act.

In the UK, anxiety and depression are the most common mental health problems,  Anyone can get low at times, but with depression, the feelings don’t go away quickly or become so bad they interfere with everyday life

The ‘baby blues ‘ is considered normal.  Post natal depression is a severe form of the ‘baby blues’.  

Stress in moderation can be positive as it helps individuals to perform better and to cope with challenging situations e.g. job interviews.  Long periods of stress can lead to illness, emotional exhaustion and can be a killer.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

Some individuals describe feeling depressed in th autumn or winter, when the daylight decreases.

Dementia       

This is the progressive loss of control  of the brain.


Hide detail

http://www.mind.org.uk

Mental health problems can affect anyone, rich or poor, young or old, any culture or any background.

Every individual has emotional and mental needs.  Good mental health is important as it affects an individual’s self concept, how they cope with relationships, education  and everyday life events.

http://wales.gov.uk

Mental health problems and disorders are health conditions that change the way we think, feel or act.  
Here are some signs to look out for:

  • changes in the way we feel
  • not enjoying things we used to enjoy
  • not being able to sleep properly
  • not feeling hungry
  • not caring what we look like
  • unusual behaviour
  • worrying about feeling ill all the time
  • increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • talking about not wanting to live

http://www.mind.org.uk

In the UK, anxiety and depression are the most common mental health problems, and the majority of cases are caused by stress.

http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Any individual can experience feeling low. Depression is the experience of unhappy feelings that don’t go away quickly or become so severe  that they affect an individual’s  everyday life.   It is a gradual process from feeling a little down to being a more severe problem.  Depression is usually related to upsetting life events, such as bereavement, relationship difficulties, physical illness, or job or money worries.

http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Anyone can get low at times, but with depression, the feelings don’t go away quickly or become so bad they interfere with everyday life

Tips for good mental health and well-being

  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Sensible drinking
  • Keep in touch with friends and loved ones
  • Take exercise
  • Get enough sleep
  • Write down three good things that have happened in one week
  • Ask for help
  • Set yourself realistic goals
  • Get involved
  • Keep an eye on personal stress

http://www.mind.org.uk/

The ‘baby blues ‘ is considered normal.  Post natal depression is a severe form of the ‘baby blues’.  

Symptoms

  • Low mood
  • difficulty looking after yourself and your baby
  • Loss of interest in yourself or your baby
  • Crying
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Unable to sleep
  • Appetite difficulties
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Despondency
  • Feelings of guilt and of being inadequate

Stress

Stress in moderation can be positive as it helps individuals to perform better and to cope with challenging situations e.g. job interviews.  Long periods of stress can lead to illness, emotional exhaustion and can be a killer.

http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Stress is the way that an individual  feels when pressure is placed on them.  Stress can trigger depression and can affect physical health.  The causes of stress are varied according to the individual and their health and well being.  All sorts of situations can cause stress, they are generally related to work, money, relationships major life events and self concept.

Some of the causes are:

  • Any sort of loss, from bereavement, divorce and separation to a child leaving home.
  • Long-term illness and disability.
  • Marriage, moving house, a new job, unemployment  and holidays.
  • In work, worrying about deadlines or about not being able to meet the  challenges of a particular task
  • Feeling undervalued
  • Abuse

http://www.bbc.co.uk

http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

Some individuals describe feeling depressed in th autumn or winter, when the daylight decreases.

Dementia       

This is the progressive loss of control  of the brain.