Mental Health Awareness Week UK occurred from 9-15th of May 2022 and the theme this year was loneliness, but what is mental health?
Mental health includes the emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. It affects the way we think and feel. There are many types of mental disorders such as schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, anorexia and bipolar disorder. Signs of unstable mental health are withdrawal from friends. drastic mood changes and tiredness.
Mental wellness is the state at which your mind is in order and functioning in your best interest. You are able to think, feel and act in way that create a positive impact on your physical and social wellbeing. The benefits consist of reduction in anxiety, increase in self-esteem, and a greater sense of calmness. Ways to improve your mental health and achieve mental wellness include being physically active, learning new skills, spending time with others and talking about your feelings with someone.
For support with mental health, there are many place you could go. You could go to a trusted adult, or a family member. You could even tell a close friend. In case you’d like to stay anonymous, there are many online services like Childline, SHOUT or Young Minds. There is also the safeguarding team here at school or just tell a teacher you trust.
For more advice on mental health, visit https://www.youngminds.org.uk or https://www.childline.org.uk.