Mental health is universal; everyone has it whether it’s good or bad. Good mental health means that you are more likely to undertake everyday tasks easily, cope with minor setbacks and enjoy life. The World Health Organisation defines mental health as ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease’.
What are mental health problems?
The following is an extract from Understanding Mental Health Problems (Mind 2011):
Although mental health problems are very common – affecting around one in four people in Britain – stigma and discrimination towards people with mental health problems is still very common and there are a lot of myths about what different diagnoses mean.
There is also a lot of controversy about the way mental health problems are diagnosed, what causes them, and which treatments are most effective.
However, despite these challenges, it is possible to recover from a mental health problem and live a productive and fulfilling life. It is important to remember that having a mental health problem is not a sign of weakness.
From Understanding Mental Health Problems (Mind 2011)
Where can I get more information?
For more information about mental health problems, including diagnoses, treatments and support, visit the Mind Website.
How can I find out what help is available to me?
To find out about the mental health services available in Oxfordshire, you can search our directory, give us a call on 01865 247788 or email us. You can also have a look at our useful links page for a list of national organisations.
Five Ways to Wellbeing
The Five Ways to Wellbeing are five small, simple steps anyone can use to improve your mental health and wellbeing.