Causes of Mental Health
There is no single ‘cause’ of mental illness. Instead, they usually result from a number of overlapping factors.
These can include:
- Biological factors such as the genes inherited from your parents
- Early life experiences such as abuse, neglect, or the loss of someone close to you
- Individual factors such as your level of self-esteem, coping skills and thinking styles
- Current circumstances, for example stress at school or work, money problems, difficult personal relationships, or problems within your family
Get help early
Getting help early makes a significant difference to how quickly and how well someone recovers. People and places that can help include GPs, counsellors, community mental health services, local welfare teams, and headspace centres.
Getting help early means that you can benefit from treatment as soon as possible, before the symptoms of the illness have become disabling. It also helps you keep on track at school, study or work, and in your personal and family relationships.
Seeing a mental health professional will help you develop the skills you need to manage the problem, while you continue to function in your everyday life. Early treatment focuses on the care of the whole person – not just on treating the symptoms. This may include support in areas like your study or your job.
Looking after your mental health
There are a number of things you can do to look after and maintain your mental health and wellbeing. For example, many people cope with stress by engaging with sports and exercise, meditation, yoga or relaxation techniques. Others express themselves through art such as poetry, writing or music. What you eat might also affect your mood. A well-balanced diet will help keep you both physically and mentally healthy. Building your skills in assertiveness, developing your coping strategies, and positive self-talk can also help maintain your mental health.
If you are concerned about your own or a friend’s mental health and wellbeing headspace is a great place to go for help. headspace centres are for young people 12-25, and offer a variety of different health services.
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What is Mental Health
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