What is mental health?

About mental health

Mental health is about how we think, feel and act. We all have mental health, just like we all have physical health. Sometimes we feel well, and sometimes we don’t.

What is a mental health problem?

When negative thoughts and feelings start to affect your daily life and stop you from doing the things you enjoy or your ability to feel okay.

What causes mental health problems?

Often, there is no singular cause but common reasons include:
1. Life difficulties
2. Physical health problems
3. School, work, money problems
4. Relationship difficulties
5. Family history of mental health problems

How do I know when to get help?

Trust your instincts. If you notice a negative change in how you’re feeling, or you find yourself doing things that worry you, speak to someone you trust.

Signs to look out for


Experiencing mood swings, feeling hopeless, worthless, sad, angry, anxious and/ or numbness


Changes to eating patterns


Auditory and/ or visual hallucinations


Obsessive behaviour or thoughts


Distancing from others


Substance abuse

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