This section covers more information about mental health in general and aims to give you a better understanding in how to move forward when you or someone you know is struggling.

What is Mental Health?

All of us have experience mental health in our lives and it is just as important as physical health. It’s how we function on a psychological and emotional level. If we look after our mental health, we are more likely to adjust our behaviour, strive towards autonomy, realise our intellectual and emotional potential, balance stressful situations and live happier in general.

Our mental health determines how we think, feel and react towards ourselves and environment. This sometimes can be imbalanced and when we experience a poorer mental health state, our behaviour and psychological state is affected and not what we want it to be.

What can cause Mental Health issues?

Mental Health issues has a range of causes and can be related to genetics, upbringing, brain chemistry, environment and lifestyle choices.

Most people who experience mental health issues can get over them or learn how to live with them. The following are considered to have an effect on mental health:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety/Fear
  • Being a long-term carer for someone
  • Bereavement and Grief
  • Bullying in school, workplace or at home
  • Childhood abuse or neglect
  • Depression
  • Dieting
  • Eating Disorder
  • Excessive alcohol or drug consumption
  • Experiencing discrimination or stigma
  • Family conflicts/transitions
  • Gambling
  • Long term physical health condition
  • Homelessness or poor housing
  • Internet/Social Media dependency
  • Loneliness
  • Blackmail
  • Minority communities
  • OCD
  • Panic attacks
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Physical causes
  • Poverty or debt
  • PTSD
  • Rape
  • Self-harm
  • Sexuality
  • Sleep (too much or insomnia)
  • Stress (short or long term)
  • Trauma
  • Trolling
  • Unemployment or losing your job
  • Violence
  • Work life balance

What can I do if I struggle with my Mental Health?

Experiencing mental health problems can be very upsetting, confusing and frightening – especially when you experience it for the first time. You may think that you are “loosing your mind” however in reality is a common human experience to experience mental health problems.

If you notice a change in your behaviour, attitude, appetite, sleep or lack of concentration, then your mental well-being may be affected. You can contact a professional counsellor on MindBerry who understands what you are going through and will work with you together. Also, please find below a list of mental health charities that provide furthermore information and guidelines.

I suspect someone I know struggles with their mental health. What do I do?

Are you worried that someone may experience mental health problems but don’t know how to act on it or perhaps are in denial? All of us go through stressful situation but if a change in behaviour becomes long term, then our mental health can be impaired.

If you notice the following changes in someone’s behaviour, then it may be time to talk to them about it or point them in the right direction.

  • Agitated and angrier than usual
  • Anxious
  • Argumentative
  • Change in eating habits
  • Change in sleeping habits
  • Changes in mood
  • Excessive drinking/drug abuse
  • Fatigue
  • Irritable
  • Lack of concentration or interest
  • More forgetful
  • Neglect of physical hygiene
  • Pessimistic outlook on live
  • Self-harm
  • Struggling to cope with work or studies
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Voluntary social exclusion

What are the most common therapeutic approaches?

There is a range of traditional therapeutic methods that are still in use today but contemporary psychotherapy also offers a choice of different approaches:

  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
  • Existential
  • Gestalt
  • Humanistic
  • Hypnosis
  • Integrative
  • Person Centred
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic
  • Systemic
  • Transpersonal