Mental Health - kent.gov.uk

Mental Health - kent.gov.uk

Mental Health Everyone Has It! Who Has a Mental Illness? Here are 5 young people. Can you tell who is suffering from a mental illness? No, you cant! Mental Illnesses are usually invisible, but have huge effects on peoples lives. What is Mental Health? A persons condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well being. of the population experience some kind of mental health problem.

Anxiety and depression are the most common problems with around 1 in 10 people affected at any one time. Mental health issues can be severe and long-lasting and have a big impact on peoples ability to get on with life. Societys View of Mental Health There is a stigma attached to mental health problems. People feel uncomfortable about these issues and dont want to talk about them much. Many people dont even feel comfortable talking about their own feelings.

Its healthy to know and say how youre feeling. Examples of Mental Health Issues Anxiety and Panic Attacks Creates unease, worry and fear Sitting an exam, getting stressed or moving can create anxiety Princess Diana and Johnny Depp suffered from panic attacks Eating Disorders 1.6 million people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder Includes anorexia, nervosa and bulimia Eating disorders are 7 to 10 times more common in women than men

Lindsay Lohan and Lady Gaga suffered from eating issues Examples of Mental Health Issues Body Dysmorphic Disorder Feeling of shame, guilt and laziness or self harm Where a person becomes obsessed with imaginary defects in their appearance Lily Allen suffered from Body Dysmorphic Disorder Depression Making everything in life harder than it needs to be making you feel emotionally and physically drained and at its most severe times, it can make you feel suicidal

Clinical depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days and lasts much longer Winston Churchill suffered from Depression Examples of Mental Health Issues Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Creates compulsions or repetitive activities that mentally you feel you have to do Creates obsessions and unwelcomed thoughts, images, urges or doubts that repeatedly appear in your mind Charles Darwin and David Beckham suffered from OCD Causes of mental health Physical (Biological)

Social and Environmental Genetic make-up can contribute to the risk of developing a mental illness Traumas to brain can sometimes lead to personality changes & can trigger symptoms Deficiencies of certain vitamins and minerals and diets can play a role.

Factors around us Where we live Living conditions School & work stress Bullying Causes of mental health Psychological Your psychological state

Coping with past and current traumatic experiences Abuse, death and parents Mental & emotional state has an influence on mental health Family history Family background can play a role in the development of some illnesses Family and everyday life

can play a role However other factors play a greater role Why is there a stigma? Society in general has stereotyped views about mental illness and how it affects people. Many people believe people with mental health issues are violent and dangerous. Lack of understanding and misbelief add to stigma. In fact they are more at risk of being attacked or harming themselves than harming other people. Stigma and discrimination worsen mental health problems! To help the most we need to stop this in our schools. The best way to help is to talk!

Examples of Symptoms Anxiety: Fears of panic, fear and uneasiness Problems sleeping Shortness of breath Heart palpitations Nausea Dizziness Depression: Low moods Low self esteem Change in appetite

Low energy Lack of Will Excessive sleeping Inability to concentrate Just because you feel you may have these symptoms, it doesnt necessarily mean you have a mental illness. But it doesnt hurt to make sure. Examples of Symptoms Schizophrenia

Hallucinations Delusions Confused thoughts Losing interest and motivation in life / activities Lack of concentration, not wanting to leave the house, changes in sleeping patterns Less likely to start conversations, feeling uncomfortable with people

Bipolar Depression symptoms Hyperactivity with elevated moods Irritability Reckless behaviour Insomnia Lack of focus Video https:// www.youtube.com/v/okoaXZboZCI?start=0&end=95 - Youtube

How can you deal with it? There is no set method for dealing with a mental illness. It can help to understand what you have. Talk to family and friends sometimes having a conversation is the best way. Hobbies and music can also be calming You can always seek help from GPs, school or nurses Where Can You Go? Young Minds Mind Hearing Voices Network B-eat

Bipolar UK Rethink Mood Swings Sane Samaritans Anxiety UK Teachers and Parents SAFE There are so many organisations there to help. For contact information and other organisations who deal with mental health issues then have a look at the directory ask your teacher or a senior member of staff for this after the assembly. Mental Health

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