What is mental health?
Mental health relates to your thoughts, feelings and understanding of yourself and the world around you.
Sometimes our bodies stop working properly. We might catch a bug and become ill or we might have an accident and get hurt. In the same way, we can have problems with our mental health.
There are many different types of mental health problems and a lot of people will experience a mental health issue at some point in there life. The Young Minds website has some very interesting statistics on mental health, click here to be taken to their website.
There is not a definite answer as to why a person will have a mental health illness however there are some known contributing factors;
• Stress - too much can make it difficult to cope with problems. Life changes can be stressful, such as when a loved one dies, moving house, pressure from school, work, or other people can also cause stress.
• Genes - these are biological codes that contain information about what hair colour we will have and how tall we will be. Scientists believe that some people have genes that tell their brains to develop a mental health problem. These genes are then triggered by stress or being worried.
• Biochemistry - the natural chemicals in our bodies can affect how we think or feel. What we eat and drink, illness, hormones, our environment and stress can affect biochemistry.
Some of the feelings you can have when you suffering from a mental health illness are; sad, worried, confused, angry, in despair, hopeless, tearful, scared, irritable, panicky, numb, guilty.