Mental Health

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental Health is concerned with an individual's capacity to experience a sense of wellbeing and purpose in their life. Meaning is attributed to daily activities and relationships. Problems are managed and resolved. Life is filled with possibilities, plans and the energy to implement these.

Mental Health Issues can impact adversely on individuals, families, groups and communities. As an individual with mental health issues, you may experience your life as having no meaning or purpose. You may not have motivation or energy to function on a day to day basis. You may be unable to work, socialise, experience pleasure or care or yourself or others.  You may IMG_0805 (4)experience feelings of isolation and loneliness. Even getting help may be too difficult.

Mental Health Affects your emotional, psychological, physical and social well-being. It affects how you think, how you feel, and act. It affects how you manage stress, are in relationship with others and the decisions and choices you make. Mental health begins at birth and lives on in us through our childhood, adolescence, adulthood, during our ageing process until we die.

Factors that contribute to mental health issues is a complex interaction between mind, body and environment. Biological factors include genetic, hormonal and chemical factors. Social factors that impact on your sense of wellbeing such as poverty, racism, discrimination, injustice, war and crime. Environmental factors such as conflict in relationships, trauma in life experiences, ongoing chronic and acute stress and stigma as a result of being mentally unwell.IMG_0808A (4)

The Stigma that surrounds the issue of mental health can have a significant impact on your ability and capacity to manage your mental health issue. Mental Health problems are common and affect people from all different cultures, ages, socioeconomic classes and races. It is not a character flaw or a weakness to experience anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation or an inability to function due to stress. People cannot just “get over it” or “pull themselves together” when they have a mental health issue. Individuals with mental health problems are not any more violent than the general population. Self-harm is more likely than harm to others.

With Treatment, individuals with mental health problems can get better and live healthy, waterfront Bproductive and meaningful lives. Treatments work better when there is a comprehensive plan that identifies and addresses the individuals biological, social, psychological and environmental needs. Treatment options include medication, counselling, problem solving and self care.