Just as we can have problems with our physical health, we can also have problems with our mental health and the two can affect each other.
Each year, 1 in 4 people in the UK experience negative mental health. It's completely normal and you will have felt like this at some point in your life as a result of day-to-day problems, such as work stress, car troubles, caring responsibilities or arguing with friends or family.
Other times, these feelings can be triggered because of a more significant event, like someone close to you dying, relationship breakdowns, physical health issues or financial worries. Sometimes it's not clear what the cause is.
A range of support and advice can help you deal with these issues, including:
The main thing to remember is that feeling down about these events is completely normal and most of the time these feelings pass and can be helped by friends, family, a partner or work colleagues.
Getting help right now
If you, or someone you know is struggling, it’s important to ask for help and support. Talking might not always be the solution but it’s always the starting point.
If you’re having more extreme thoughts and feelings or your considering taking your own life, you should speak to someone as soon as possible. Depending on how severe your symptoms are, your options include:
- Calling the Samaritans (external link) - A free-to-call service operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, if you want to talk to someone in confidence. Call them on 116 123
- Booking an emergency appointment with your doctor
- Visiting your nearest A&E department or calling 999 for life threatening emergencies
- Visiting The Sanctuary (external link) overnight crisis centre - A service for those who need support out of hours.
It's also worth talking to your employer, as free support and access to counselling may be available.
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