Mental Health and Stigma

Approximately 1 in 5 people in Northern Ireland will experience a problem with their mental health at some stage in their life.

The remaining 4 people will know someone who is experiencing a mental health problem.  This section aims to help you to:

- understand mental health , mental ill-health and mental illness
- give you tips on what to do if you think you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health problem
- List some frequently asked questions

What is mental health?
Just like physical health, we all have mental health.  Our mental health is how we think, feel and act.  It controls how we manage day-to-day life and stressful situations.  It is important we look after both our physical and mental health from infancy through to adulthood.

When our mental health is good, we feel positive and confident. Good mental health helps us cope well with daily challenges. There are certain things we can introduce to our daily life that can help us to maintain a good mental health and can also help during the early signs of mental ill-health.    Another way of ensuring a good mental health is by seeking professional help when you need it.  Make an appointment to speak to your GP.  There are also a range of community based support organisations across NI.  Click here for more information

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