What is mental health?

We all have mental health; and it affects how we think, feel and act. Some people call mental health ‘emotional health’ or ‘well-being’ and it’s just as important as physical health. Your mental health doesn’t always stay the same and can change depending on what’s happening in our lives at a certain time, and as we move through different stages of life. We all have times when we feel down or stressed or worried. However, if we are struggling with our mental health it can affect our functioning and everyday life.

Some common signs that someone might be struggling with their mental health include:

  • A change in sleep pattern (sleeping more or sleeping less)
  • Not engaging in usual activities/ hobbies, and/ or not having the same enjoyment from these
  • A change in appetite (eating more or less)
  • Change in mood (presenting as tearful, withdrawn, anxious)
  • Having thoughts of self-harm and/ or suicide
  • Any other change in behaviour
  • Physical symptoms; headaches, stomach aches, feeling sick

If you feel you are struggling with your mental health, there are many things available to help support you at this time. Find out more about getting help here.