Young people: what is mental health?

We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health.

It is about our range of emotions and affects the way we think and feel about ourselves and others, and how we deal with life.

What are mental health problems?

A mental health problem can affect our thinking and feelings, our mood, and our ability to relate to others as we usually would.

Some mental health problems are described with everyday words. The most commonly diagnosed are depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, personality disorders and schizophrenia.

You might be surprised how common these experiences are.

Three people in the average classroom at school will experience a mental health problem before the age of 16. Mental health problems can affect people of any age, race, religion or income.

If you’re worried about a friend, there are lots of things you can do to play your part.

 

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