Today is World Mental Health Day.
Mental health is the state of wellbeing in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her own community. (World Health Organisation)
Mental health is everyone’s business
The Mental Health Foundation says that we all have times when we feel down, stressed or frightened. Most of the time those feelings pass, but sometimes they develop into a more serious problem, and this could happen to any one of us.
Everyone is different. You may bounce back from a setback, while someone else may feel weighed down by it for a long time. Your mental health doesn’t always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages in your life. Unfortunately, stigma can be attached to mental health problems. This means that people feel uncomfortable about them and don’t talk about them much. Many people don’t even feel comfortable talking about their feelings. But it’s healthy to know and say how you’re feeling.
For some, the link between stress and mental ill health may be a new one, especially in these times of the coronavirus pandemic. We all need and, to a degree, thrive on pressure: it gives us energy, helps with performance, and inspires confidence.
But excessive pressure can lead to stress. And when stress becomes harmful – perhaps due to too much (or too little) work, the uncertainty of work at present, poor working relationships, family and personal pressures or other factors. This can lead to other mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
Stress may become a problem when a person feels they don’t have the resources to cope with the demands placed on them. Symptoms may be emotional (e.g. irritability, tearfulness) and / or physical (aches and pains, high blood pressure, chest tightness and breathing difficulties etc). The person may find it difficult to make decisions or perform tasks and may be unable to attend work.
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Anxiety becomes a problem when feelings of tension and fear prevent a person from carrying out everyday tasks. In extreme cases people may suffer panic attacks or phobias. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a form of anxiety where people have recurrent, intrusive thoughts, which they may feel ‘forced’ to act on (e.g. fears of contamination leading to repetitive hand washing, which has increased during these times of the pandemic).
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Self-Harm and Suicide
People may hurt themselves deliberately in order to deal with problem emotions. Methods might include self-neglect, cutting, burning or overdosing. Suicidal behaviour may occur when a person feels they have no other options. It may be a cry for help, a mistake, or a deliberate act. Drug and Alcohol Misuse Harmful use of drugs and/or alcohol may be caused by or lead to mental health problems. People may become addicted to substances which become the focus of their lives. Withdrawing from them can be traumatic or even dangerous without professional help.
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