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Emotional and Mental Health

One in four of us will experience a serious problem with our mental wellbeing at some point in our lives. This means it is highly unlikely that any of us will make it through life without having a mental health problem or being close to someone who does.

Emotional-wellbeing has been described as - holistic, subjective state which is present when a range of feelings (among them energy, confidence, openness, enjoyment, happiness, calm and caring) are combined and balanced

Generally speaking an emotionally healthy young person has the ability to:

  • Develop psychologically, emotionally, socially, creatively and spiritually, to become interdependent
  • Use and enjoy solitude
  • Dependence
  • Initiate, develop and sustain mutually satisfying relationships
  • Become aware of others and empathise with them
  • Play and learn
  • Recognise and manage strong feelings including frustration and anger
  • Develop resilience, face and resolve problems and setbacks; and learn from them

Mental health is essentially about emotional well-being. The terms emotional health, emotional well-being and mental health tend to be used interchangeably. We all have mental health, and this can change - sometimes we may have good mental health and other times our mental health may be poor.

Mental health can affect how people think and feel about themselves, others and how they deal with different events. Mental health also has a strong impact on people s physical health because the way that we think and feel has a large influence on our physical health.

There are ten key things that you can do to ensure that you keep your mind as healthy possible:

  • Talk about your feelings
  • Keep active
  • Eat well
  • Limit your alcohol
  • Spend time with your friends and family
  • Ask for help
  • Take a break
  • Do something you are good at
  • Be yourself
  • Care for others

Click on the sub-headings above for further information on some of the common forms of mental health problems

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