Coping with unemployment – Michel’s story…

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Michel shares his tips on ways to look after your mental health and wellbeing while unemployed. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/stories/coping-unemployment-michels-story Michel Syrett is co-author of How to Survive Unemployment: Creative Alternatives, published by Penguin. He is also a founding member of The Lived Experience Research Collective, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, a collective of researchers with lived experience of mental ill-health who conduct …

What is mental health?

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Being mentally healthy doesn’t just mean that you don’t have a mental health problem. If you’re in good mental health, you can: make the most of your potential cope with life play a full part in your family, workplace, community and among friends. Some people call mental health ‘emotional health’ or ‘well-being’ and it’s just as important as good physical …

What is good mental health?

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Good mental health is not simply the absence of diagnosable mental health problems, although good mental health is likely to help protect against development of many such problems. Good mental health is characterised by a person’s ability to fulfil a number of key functions and activities, including: the ability to learn the ability to feel, express and manage a range …

How to look after your mental health in later life

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Research shows that there are five key issues that can have an impact on the mental wellbeing of older people: Discrimination Participation in meaningful activities Relationships Physical health Poverty There is a lot you can do to protect your own mental wellbeing and the MHA have published a booklet where you can find references get both help and advice. It …

Learning Disabilities – some stats…

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Mental health problems among people with a learning disability are often overlooked, underdiagnosed and left untreated as a result of poor understanding, awareness, evidence in this area and symptoms being mistakenly attributed to the person’s learning disability: Data has shown that people with lower intellectual ability had higher rates of symptoms of common mental health problems (25%) compared to those with average …

Getting Help…

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If you are concerned that you are developing a mental health problem you should seek the advice and support of your GP as a matter of priority. If you are in distress and need immediate help and are unable to see a GP, you should visit your local A&E. The Mental Health Foundation is a charity specialising in research and policy development, with a …

Looking after your mental health at Christmas…

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Christmas may be something you look forward to, or it may be a time of year you find a bit tough. What the Christmas period brings will be individual to each of us. Here’s some helpful advice from the Mental Health Foundation https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/christmas

Mental health statistics…

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Research this year has identified the most common mental health problems: Mixed anxiety & depression is the most common mental disorder in Britain, with 7.8% of people meeting criteria for diagnosis 4-10% of people in England will experience depression in their lifetime Common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety are distributed according to a gradient of economic disadvantage across society. The poorer and more disadvantaged …

How to overcome fear and anxiety…

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Fear is one of the most powerful emotions; it has a very strong effect on your mind and body. Fear can create strong signals of response when we’re in emergencies; it can also take effect when you’re faced with non-dangerous events, like exams, public speaking, a new job, a date, or even a party. It’s a natural response to a …

Mental Health in Later Life…

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One in five older people living in the community and two in five people living in care homes experience depression or poor mental health. Research shows that there are five key issues that can have an impact on the mental wellbeing of older people: Discrimination Participation in meaningful activities Relationships Physical health Poverty Even though there are laws in place to …