Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

What is it?

Good Mental Health is a sense of wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem. It enables us to fully enjoy and appreciate other people, day to day life and our environment. When we are mentally healthy we can:

  • Form postitive and maintain stable rewarding relationships
  • Use our abilities to reach our potential
  • Deal with lifes challenges
  • Work productively and are able to contribute to our community

 

It can be useful to understand mental health and wellbeing as being along a continum, naturally fluctuating in response to life events and situations such as job loss, marital breakdown, bereavement and for young people issues such as academic demands, relationship difficulties and bullying. People will respond individually and differently to these issues and it is important to recognise that these experiences can have an impact on our mental health.

Anyone can experience mental ill health in the same way as we can experience physical ill health, this can be mild, moderate or severe. It is estimated that one in four people in Northern Ireland will have a mental health problem at some point in their lives. It is important to seek help if you are concerned about yourself or someone you know. The first step can be to talk to your GP. Lifeline is available 24 hours a day seven days a week, and by just starting the conversation with 'Im just not ok at the moment' can help.

We all need to be aware of our own mental health and take care of it the same way as we do our physical health.