Looking after your mental health – your mood and emotional wellbeing – is every bit as important as taking care of yourself physically. Keeping the mind active and having strategies to cope during difficult times in your life can help you to feel more positive and make good decisions for the future.
“Mental health is not just the absence of mental disorder. It is defined as a state of wellbeing in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community.”World Health Organisation
Mental health conditions are very common. One in four adults will experience some kind of mental health problem over the course of a year, and for some people they can be long-term or recurring problems.
If you are worried about your mental health, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s important to take care of your mental health, and seek help and support just as you would for a physical health condition.