We often hear people talking about mental health, but it’s not always clear what it is. However, learning about mental health can help you to understand other people and even yourself.

What is Mental Health?

When people talk about mental health they are referring to our psychological, emotional and social well-being. Our mental health can affect the way we feel, think and act. It can also determine how we deal with stress, the choices we make and how we relate to other people. Mental health is important throughout our lives, from childhood, to our teenage years and onto adulthood.

While many different terms are used when referring to mental health, it’s important that you know that mental illness and poor mental health are not the same. Someone can experience poor mental health but not be diagnosed with a mental illness or mental health condition. In the same respect, a person who has a mental illness might occasionally experience mental, social, and physical well-being. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

 

What is Mental Illness? 

Mental illnesses are conditions that can affect someone’s mood, behaviour, feelings, or the way they think. Some of the most common mental health conditions are:

  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia

Some mental health conditions can last a long time (Often called ‘Chronic conditions’) and they can affect a person’s day-to-day life. 

Can Your Mental Health Change?

Yes. Your mental health can change, and the change typically depends on a range of factors. For example, you might work long hours, be worried about an ill friend or relative or you might have money worries. 

  • It’s thought that more than 50% of people will be diagnosed with a mental health condition sometime in their life
  • 1 in 5 people will suffer from a mental health condition each year
  • 25% of people have a serious mental illness such as bipolar disorder, depression, or schizophrenia

If you know that your mental health can change over time it’s important that you start looking after your mental health.

Where Can I Get Help?

There are many different options available. There’s no right or wrong way to look for help. The most important thing is that you’re taking the first step to getting and staying well. 

Some of the options you might want to consider include:

  • Your GP – Your GP can help you with any mental health concerns that you may have. They can make a diagnosis, offer you treatment such as medication and/or talking therapies. Your GP could refer you to a mental health professional. Local groups or charities might also offer support.

  • A counsellor or therapist – Counsellors and therapists offer different types of therapies. You can typically receive this type of therapy via the NHS through a GP referral. Occasionally, you might be asked to contact the counsellor or therapist directly. 
  • A charity – National and local charities offer a range of support services. 
  • Community mental health support services – Community mental health teams might be able to offer you help. Services such as this and those provided by crisis teams can help those who have long-lasting or severe mental health problems. 
  • Student services – If you’re a student in higher education your institution might have a student well-being centre where you can get help with mental health

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline. Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk