And what are they doing to improve mental health in the UK?
Mind is a mental health charity in England and Wales. Founded in 1946 as the National Association of Mental Health, the charity offers advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Every year 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem. By undertaking professional training, building local support networks and campaigning for change Mind have provide thousands of people with ways to battle mental health problems every day.
10th – 16th May 2021 is Mental Health Awareness Week. During this pandemic, millions of us have experienced a mental health problem or seen a loved one struggle. Check out Mind to see how you can contribute and join the fight for mental health.
What is mental health?
Mental health is overlooked by many of us in society, what can often be brushed off as attention seeking or laziness might be an early warning sign of a mental health problem.
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
What are the early mental health warning signs to look out for?
Not sure if you or someone you know is living with mental health problems? Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a problem:
- Eating or sleeping too much or too little
- Pulling away from people and usual activities
- Having low or no energy
- Feeling numb or like nothing matters
- Having unexplained aches and pains
- Feeling helpless or hopeless
- Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
- Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
- Yelling or fighting with family and friends
- Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
- Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
- Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
- Thinking of harming yourself or others
- Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school
How can Mind help?
If you or someone you know is suffering from mental health problems Mind have lots of information to help you understand and manage your situation. Whether you need practical tips to help you if you’re feeling overwhelmed or detailed explanations of your friend’s mental health problem there are plenty of tools available right now.
Alternatively, Mind have an Infoline (0300 123 3393) which is available Monday – Friday 9am to 6pm and can offer advise on mental health problems, where to get help near you, treatment options and advocacy services.