We have put together this blog to define what mental health is, show some key statistics surrounding mental health and present techniques to help yourself or anyone you know that may be suffering from mental health problems.
What is mental health?
Mental health can often be thought of in terms of:
- How we feel about ourselves and the people around us
- Our ability to make and keep friends and relationships
- Our ability to learn from others and to develop psychologically and emotionally.
Being mentally healthy can be typically described as having the strength to overcome any difficult and challenging situations we may face in our lives by using our confidence and self-esteem to believe in ourselves.
Unfortunately, not everyone is able to cope with tough situations and tend to develop mental health problems such as:
- Depression – Low mood that affects your everyday life and makes everything you do feel less worthwhile.
- Anxiety – Constant feeling of being worried, tense or afraid about situations that are about to happen or which we think could happen in the future.
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Having unwanted or repeated thoughts, feelings and behaviours that drive someone to do something over and over again.
- Eating Disorders – Having an unhealthy attitude towards food, which can make food take over their life and make them ill.
- Psychosis – Perceiving or interpreting reality in a different way to those around you.
These are a few examples of mental health problems that are most common for people, however there are a range of different types of mental health problems, all of which can be found here.
Mental Health Statistics:
To put into perspective the importance of World Mental Health Day and how it affects everyone in their daily lives, it’s important to review some key statistics surrounding this topic.
- One in four of us will have to deal with a mental health condition at some point in our lives
- 16 Million people in the UK experience a mental illness
- Three in four mental illnesses start at childhood
- 75% of young people with a mental health problem are not receiving treatment
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death globally amongst 15-29 year olds
- 51% of young people feel embarrassed about a mental illness
- 1 in 6 people experience mental health problems each week
- Women are more likely than men to have a common mental health problem and almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders
- In the UK, men are three times as likely to take their own lives than women
- In 2017, 5,821 suicides were registered in the UK - 392 occurred in the Republic of Ireland
What to do?
Coping with mental health problems are easier said than done. We at Pertemps Professional Recruitment strongly urge those suffering to get help and try some of the below techniques, if suitable.
- Avoid thinking of the future. Often thinking of the future can cause unnecessary anxiety and stress, instead focus on getting through today.
- Avoid drugs and alcohol.
- Try be around other people, preferably those who keep your mind off any problems.
- Do something you usually enjoy, such as any hobbies you may have.
- TALK TO SOMEONE! It’s not embarrassing to speak out about any difficulties you are going through, if anything it could help you overcome your challenges.
There are also free helplines available to help you when you are feeling down or desperate. They are open 24/7, unless stated otherwise:
Samaritans – For Everyone – Call 116 123
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) - For Men – Call 0800 58 58 58 (5pm – Midnight every day)
Papyrus – For people under 35 – Call 0800 068 41 41 (Mon -Fri 10am to 10pm, weekends 2pm to 10pm & bank holidays 2pm to 5pm).
Childline – Children and young people under 19 – Call 0800 1111
The Silver Line – For older people – Call 0800 470 80 90
Everyone at Pertemps Professional Recruitment would like to say a massive thank you to all health and social workers that specialise in mental health and who help those during difficult times around the world.