How Can Mental Health Be Defined?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines mental health as "a state of wellbeing in which the individual realises his or her abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community". The WHO has also acknowledged the importance of Mental Health and as such, has included the topic on their list of Sustainable Development Goals under SDG 3 - good health and well-being.
There is also a proven link between mental and physical health; our mental health influences our physical health, as well as our capability to lead a healthy lifestyle and to manage and recover from physical health conditions. People with physical health problems, especially long-term conditions, are at increased risk of poor mental health - particularly depression and anxiety. Around 30% of people with any long-term physical health condition also have a mental health problem. Poor mental health, in turn, exacerbates some long-term conditions, such as chronic pain. Loneliness and lack of social interaction are also risk factors for physical and mental health – these factors increase risk of premature mortality by 30%.
Some Common Mental Health Conditions:
There are many more different conditions, each with their own associated symptoms, treatments and complications. Some are quite distinct whereas others are often quite interlinked and brought on as a result of a separate issue. Below is a short list of some common conditions.
The above list is just a small selection of some common Mental Health conditions and it is by no means exhaustive. For a more complete list of conditions, symptoms and possible treatments, click below to visit the NHS Website.
Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that you are not alone and that there is support available.
Click the links below for a list of self help tips or links to some support services.