Mental ill health
Mental health is something we all have and we should look after it as we would our physical health.
An incredible one in four of us experience mental ill health every year. And yet it is often difficult to talk about, and can leave us feeling isolated and alone.
Poor mental health can limit how we go about our everyday life and then can lead to more serious problems. In certain stressful situations, for example, work pressures can cause poor concentration, mood swings and sleep disturbance. These symptoms can be just temporary as the situation improves, but at their worst, can have a devastating impact on people's lives or even lead to complete breakdown.
Life can be difficult for all of us at times; with a trying economy, the daily challenges of work and home responsibilities and the uncertainties of life in general it's no wonder that many of us struggle.
- Tiredness and loss of energy
- Persistent sadness
- Loss of confidence and self esteem
- Not being able to enjoy things that are usually pleasurable or interesting
- Feelings of guilt
- Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
- Sleeping problems
- Avoiding other people, sometimes even your close friends
- Finding it hard to function at work
- Loss of appetite