Factors that result in poor mental health
Childhood abuse, domestic violence
Social isolation or loneliness
Experiencing discrimination and stigma
Social disadvantage - poverty, debt, homelessness or poor housing
Severe or long-term stress
Long-term physical health condition
Being a long-term carer for someone
Do mental health problems run in families?
Research suggests that some mental health problems may run in families. But this could also be due to the environment we grow up in that affects the ways of thinking, coping and behaving that we may learn from our parents.
Is brain chemistry a factor?
Some research suggests that mental health problems may be linked to a variation in certain brain chemicals (such as serotonin and dopamine). Although there is no strong evidence to say that any mental health problems are caused by a chemical imbalance in our brains, some people still use brain chemistry to explain them.