Let’s talk about mental health
Your mental health is made up of a combination of your emotional wellbeing, psychological wellbeing and social wellbeing.
In life you may experience times where you are feeling great and perhaps you will feel a sense of balance and happiness. At other times you may feel like you are running on empty, stressed or finding it difficult to cope with things that hadn’t really bothered you in the past. We all need to pay attention to how we are feeling mentally, just like our physical health our mental health should be cared for and prioritised.
Good mental health helps you to feel happy and enjoy life. It supports you to cope with problems and stress, feel ready to learn and try new things and feel happy and confident.
Taking action to support your mental wellbeing can look different for everyone. Your mental health should not just be something you think about when you are running on empty. Make time to look after you. Everything you do contributes to how you are feeling. Good nutrition and adequate exercise both play important roles in looking after your physical and mental health. Eat well, sleep well and play well.
Mental health conditions and disorders
When the symptoms of anxiety are persistent and severe and start causing distress and negatively affects a person's life, they may be experiencing an anxiety disorder.Learn more
Bipolar (previously called ‘manic depression’) is a mental health condition that causes our moods to fluctuate for days, weeks and sometimes months.Learn more
Experiences of depression can significantly affect the way someone feels, causing a persistent lowering of mood and experience other physical and psychological symptoms that can interfere with their life.Learn more
Addictions and substance abuse
Addictions and substance abuse occur when someone is experiencing difficulties with alcohol, other drugs, or activities such as gambling, sex, internet use, eating, or social media.Learn more
An eating disorder is a mental health condition where a person has developed an unhealthy preoccupation with food or their body weight or shape.Learn more
Trauma can happen following a very frightening or upsetting experience. The traumatic event may involve feeling significantly threatened physically or psychologically, or both.Learn more
Treatments and Therapies
When it comes to looking after your mental health what works for one person may not work for the other. Finding the right type of treatment for you can take time and you may choose to explore multiple options.
Treatment will look different for everyone and can involve linking in with health professionals such as community support workers and psychiatrists, taking specific medications or participating in therapies such as physical therapy, natural therapies, or medical treatment therapies.Find out more