Learning a few things about mental health problems might help you to feel more confident about talking and listening.
Anxiety is a normal emotion that we all experience but becomes a mental health problem when someone finds they are feeling this way all or most of the time.
Bipolar disorder is a diagnosis given to someone who experiences extreme periods of low (depressed) and high (manic) moods.
Depression is a diagnosis given to someone who is experiencing a low mood and who finds it hard or impossible to have fun or enjoy their lives.
An eating disorder is a diagnosis given to someone who has unhealthy thoughts, feelings and behaviour about food and their body shape.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a mental health diagnosis given to someone who experiences obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours.
You might be described as having a 'personality disorder' if your personality traits cause regular, long-term problems in the way you cope with life.
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a diagnosis given to people who develop a certain set of symptoms following a traumatic event. What is PTSD? Symptoms include:
A person experiencing psychosis perceives the world in a different way to those around them, including hallucinations, delusions or both.
Schizophrenia is a diagnosis given to people who experience symptoms of psychosis, alongside what are called ‘negative symptoms’.
Self-harm is when someone purposely hurts themselves, usually in order to cope with intense emotional distress.
Suicide - when someone intentionally takes their own life - is a very complex issue. What are suicidal feelings? People feel suicidal for a variety of reasons, for example: