What is Mental Health?
Mental health can mean many things to different people. Essentially it is about the way we think and feel. It can also be referred to as ‘emotional wellbeing’.
Our mental health can change in the same way our physical health can. Everyone has their ups and downs, times that we feel stressed, frightened, and find it difficult doing anything.
Most of the time these feelings pass, but sometimes, they don’t and they stop us doing the things we usually do.
Mental health problems are more common than you think, and can happen to anyone, whatever their age. Sometimes problems appear out of the blue. For some, problems develop as the result of a traumatic experience.
- The death of someone close
- An accident or serious incident
- A stressful family life
- Physical health problems
- Being bullied or abused
- A long-term illness
- Problems with school or social life
If we ignore these feelings, thinking they will go away or fix themselves, they can develop into a more serious illness. If we don’t do anything about it, they may even affect our behaviour and the way we interact with others.
Listen to young people talk about their feelings before and after coming to CAMHS.