What is Mental Health and why do we need it?
Mental Health is the state of our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.
It affects how we think, feel, and behave. It is made up from our life experiences, our upbringing, all the various challenges and problems we have faced in life. It’s essentially how we see and cope with the world around us.
Our mental resilience helps determine how we handle stress and anxiety, or how we relate and react to others, and how we make our life choices.
Mental health is crucial at every stage of our lives, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Adolescence in particular is a crucial time. For example, 75% of predisposed mental health conditions are developed under the age of 18.
If you have experienced mental health issues, then your thinking, your mood, and your behaviour will probably have been affected.
What factors contribute to mental health problems:
- Biological aspects such as genetics or brain chemistry.
- Life experiences such as trauma, neglect and abuse.
- Family history of mental health problems.