The national experience of mental health is that a quarter of the population experience some kind of mental health problem each year. That means in Hull approximately 70,000 people could to experience some difficulty per year.
Many people who live with a mental health problem, or who are starting to experience difficulties are afraid of what other people may think about them. This can cause people to keep their feelings hidden. It is important that you are aware of you mental welling and discuss your feelings with someone you trust.
There can be times when we don’t feel ourselves, we can all experience feeling sad or stressed and at times we can all struggle to cope with day-to-day life. This could be for a number of reasons such as:
- following the loss of someone close to us
- loneliness and feeling isolated
- relationship problems
- worrying about money or work
Most of the time these feelings pass quite quickly, but sometimes we can be affected by our feelings for a longer period of time, which can have a greater impact on our mental health.
The majority of people who experience mental health problems can recover or learn to live with them, especially if they ask for help early on.
Causes of Mental health
There are many different mental health problems. You may experience symptoms that are common to two or more diagnoses, or you may experience the symptoms of more than one mental health problem at once.
Mental health problems include -
- Stress and Anxiety
- Eating problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Personality disorder
Mental health problems can have a wide range of causes. We can often point to things that trigger a period of poor mental health but some people tend to be more deeply affected by these things than others.
Factors that could potentially trigger a period of poor mental health include -
- the death of someone close to you
- a long-term physical health condition
However, there are things we can do to help us improve our mental health.
Maintaining good mental health
As with physical health, it is important we understand how to keep good mental health.
Generally if we want to be physically healthier, we try and eat more healthy foods, exercise more and cut out the things we know are not good for us, such as chocolates or alcohol.
However, although all those things can have a positive impact on our mental wellbeing, they are other things we can do to help us maintain good mental health.
Maintaining a good slandered of mental health will depend on a lot things such as -
- being aware of your feelings
- exercising regularly
- getting a good night’s sleep
- feeling safe and secure
- living conditions
- maintaining a healthy diet
- maintaining a work life balance
- money and debt
- reducing the intake of drug, alcohol and smoking
The following information may offer some advice and guidance to help improve some of the issues you feel might be affecting your mental health and emotional wellbeing -
Our Health and wellbeing section has lots of information and tip to help you live a healthier lifestyle
If you need support to help you with live your life such as finding something to do, help with money or housing issues or you feel unsafe, then you may want to view our staying independent section to help you take control.
You may also like to find out more about the five ways to wellbeing which is known to have a positive impact on people.
NHS self assessment for depression
The NHS website also has a self-assessment tool which you can use if you think you may be suffering from depression.
Note - this simple tool is to get you to understand your mental wellbeing - If you think you have a serious mental health condition, contact your GP for a consultation.
Social prescribing means helping people to improve their health wellbeing and social welfare by connecting them to their local community.
In Hull, this service is called ‘Connect Well’ and can offer you both welfare advice and connect to activities’ and services in your local community.
Support for mental health
For some people with an identified mental health issue, maintaining good mental health may be more difficult and complex.
Some people may require additional support such as –
- Befriending services – such as talking to a volunteer over the phone or face to face about their problems
- Counselling – having a professional work with you to help manage your mental health
- Medication – this can only be prescribed by your GP
- Therapy – to help you deal with a traumatic or underlying long term mental health issue
You can search our community support directory for befriending, counselling or therapy services.
Consulting your Doctor
Only your GP can decide whether it would be beneficial for you to go onto medication for your mental health.
If your GP feels this is appropriate, make sure you ask any questions you may have about side effects and interactions with other substances such as alcohol or other prescribed medication.
Make sure you follow the instructions laid out to you by the GP and your prescription and if you have any doubts, ask your GP.
If you experience any side effects, note them down and make an appointment with your GP so they can review your medication
Mind Medication factsheets
To help you understand a little bit more around medication, Mind have developed an A-Z information directory of medication and drug names.
You can either view the information online or download an information booklet that you can print off as a hard copy for you take read offline.
Find more Information
Mind A-Z directory
In order to help you to gain a better understanding of mental health and how it may affect a person Mind have developed A-Z information directory. You can use the A-Z to help to find information on –
- common issues relating to mental health
- types of medication
- specific Mental health conditions
- types of support and treatment available
Most entries have an information booklet for you to download and view offline.
Rethink Mental Illness
Rethink Mental illness have a compressive advice and information section on their website where you can find out about different mental health conditions and symptoms.
Alternatively, you can contact their advice team Monday to Friday (9.30am to 4pm) for information and practical support by telephone on 03005 000 927
Time to Change campaign
The Time to change campaign is a growing movement which aims to overcome the stigma around mental health and change how we all think and act about mental health problems. Their website has lots of information about mental health along with self help tips and stories from people who are living positive lives with mental health problems