What is poor mental health?

Simply put, this is when our mental health is not what we would want it to be. Finding it difficult to manage how we think, feel, act or how to manage daily stresses, could be a sign of poor mental health. Having continuous episodes of poor mental health could be a sign of a possible mental illness.

It is important to remember that mental health problems are very common and poor mental health does not mean someone is mentally ill.

If you feel that you're experiencing poor mental health, it's important that you know that there is help available for you.

Mental health problems affect society as a whole, and not just a small, isolated segment. While certain groups are more vulnerable, no-one is immune to poor mental health.

Mental health problems are health conditions that are characterised by alterations in thinking, mood or behaviour, but good mental health is more than simply the absence of problems.

You can find out more about mental health and detailed information about specific conditions from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Remember, taking time out to remember a few simple ways to protect your mental wellbeing could make all the difference. These include:

  • get enough rest;
  • make time for yourself, family and friends ­- talk to them about how you feel;
  • get to know who you are, think about and try to do things that make you really happy, and don’t forget to laugh regularly;
  • cultivate and encourage optimism in yourself and others, try to avoid over thinking and comparisons with others – learn to balance and accept what you can and cannot change about yourself;
  • exercise regularly, preferably with someone else;
  • limit your intake of alcohol and avoid cigarettes and other drugs.

For more information on organisations that can help you if you're feeling in poor mental health, please visit http://helplinesnetworkni.com/

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