Mental health is a part of our day-to-day life, just like our physical health.
Struggling with our mental health doesn't necessarily mean having a diagnosis such as anxiety or depression. It can also mean having difficulty coping with life's ups and downs, and or feel like you lack control over what is happening in your life.
The Mental Health Foundation says that one in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have a mental health problem in any year. This makes it extremely likely that you, or someone you live with, care for, or work with, have struggled with their mental health recently.
And since the lockdown started in 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has meant even more of us have struggled with our mental wellbeing.
Sadly, despite the progress we've made, we know that many people still don't consider mental health relevant to them or people they know.
This stigma in our society around mental health issues is very concerning because people who experience long-term mental health problems can also:
- feel isolated and unable to ask for help when they need it
- experience physical health issues, such as poor sleep or reduced appetite
- find it hard to do everyday things, such as go to work or connect with friends
- struggle to find a job
- be more at risk of crime or fire risk in their own homes
During the COVID-19 pandemic, services are still operating and available to anyone who needs help.
As a first step, talk to your friends or family and consider whether you could contact your GP and tell them about how you have been feeling. Alternatively, organisations such as Mind (opens in a new window) and Rethink (opens in a new window) have free online support services.
For local information and emotional support, residents of Nottinghamshire or Nottingham City can also call the Nottinghamshire Mental Health Helpline (opens in a new window) on 0300 555 0730 (9 am -11 pm 7 days a week)