Just as we all have physical health, we have mental health too. And just as our bodies can become unwell, so can our minds. Like physical illness, mental illness affects people of any age, race, religion or income. It is not the result of personal weakness, lack of character, or poor upbringing.
At any given time, one in 10 young people is living with a mental health problem
Mental health problems can affect a person's thinking and feelings, their mood, and their ability to relate to others as they usually might. When someone has a mental illness it can become extremely difficult to function in day-to-day life. However, with the right treatment and support people can and do recover to lead full and happy lives.
Our blogs are written by people who have experiences of mental illness, and talk about the positive and negative impact these have on their lives.
If you suspect you or a friend may be experiencing mental health problems, you can find out more about the early signs on our Mind partner website here.