WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH?
We all have mental health and we all have to take care of it. It affects how we think, feel and behave as well as determining how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Our mental health can change over time. Some people call mental health 'emotional health' or 'wellbeing'.
What are mental health challenges?
Changes in mental health are very common, for example with the stresses and strains of life. But if these changes don’t go away, and start to affect our everyday life, this can lead to challenges with our mental health. Over the course our lives, if we experience mental health challenges, our thinking, mood, and behaviour can be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health challenges, including our genes and life experiences.
How common are mental health problems?
Anyone can experience challenges with their mental health from mild stress to diagnosable mental health challenges, and it is thought that at any one time at least 1 person in 6 is experiencing a mental health challenge.
Mental health challenges are common but help is available and with the right support many people recover completely. Check out our Support Services for lots of services who are local and national!
Find out more information on different mental health challenges and challenges that some people may have in combination with mental health challenges with the links below:
Older Peoples Mental Health:
Information about Co-occurring conditions:
The strategy for improving service users support regarding mental health and substance misuse (co occurring conditions, a.k.a. dual diagnosis) agreed policy between our services is outlined in this document here, to help us to work toward better outcomes for service users in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
*Some information gathered from www.nhs.uk and the services listed.