Types of mental health issues

Anyone can be affected by mental health issues, no matter how old they are. Mental health is a bit like physical health. Because nobody chooses to have mental health issues. But with the right support you can get better. 

What is mental health?

Mental health is all about: 

  • how you feel about yourself
  • how happy you are
  • how much you believe you can overcome challenges in your life
  • whether you feel able to interact with other people.

Sometimes you might feel stressed or anxious. Other times you might feel positive and full of confidence. Feeling up and down like this is normal.

But it might start to be a problem if negative or stressful thoughts happen all the time. Or if these thoughts start to affect your daily life. If you feel like this, a doctor might diagnose it as a mental illness.

Things you can do now to help: 

  • Do some exercise
    Find something you like, whether it’s running, dancing or going for a walk 
  • Talk
    Finding time to talk to friends or family is a great way of making things feel better 
  • Help someone else
    You could give a present or compliment to a friend – it often puts you in a better mood
  • Eat good food
    There’s a link between food and mental health, and eating well can help you feel well
  • Try something new
    You might feel like you can’t do it – but then you find you can do it. And that can make you feel pretty good about yourself.

Different mental health issues

getting help with mental health

1 in 4 people experience mental health issues at some point during their life. If you’re worried, the best thing to do is book an appointment with your doctor. Only a doctor can diagnose a mental health problem – they can also help you find ways to get better.

You can also get support by:

Did you know?

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Videos that can help

Coming out about mental health

Olly Alexander from Years & Years talks about opening up

Opening up about mental health problems

keeping the conversation going

It’s good to talk about a problem. But what if you told someone and it didn’t help?

Talking about an issue is often a process. It’s not just something you do once.

Telling someone how you feel might make you feel bad at first. But after a few times of talking about it, you could start to feel differently.

And it doesn’t have to be new information either. Sometimes talking about the same things again and again can help you understand what you’re going through.

So remember, if you told someone how you feel but it didn’t help – keep trying. And think of other people you trust who might be able to help.