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Mental Health

Mental Health

General Information

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.

Find out more about mental health here (Opens in a new window)

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 -

  • Depression
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Eating problems
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • 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 -

  • loneliness
  • the death of someone close to you
  • stress
  • a long-term physical health condition
  • unemployment.

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, there are other things we can do to help us maintain good mental health.

Maintaining a good standard 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
  • relaxation
  • reducing the intake of drug, alcohol and smoking
  • relationships

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 -

Staying Healthy

Our Health and wellbeing section has lots of information and tip to help you live a healthier lifestyle

Find support to help you stay healthy here.

Staying Independent

If you need support to help you 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.

Find support to help you stay independent here

You may also like to find out more about the Five Ways to Wellbeing (opens in a new window) 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.

Complete a self assessment for depression (Opens in a new window)


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