Some people may experience changes in how they are feeling or thinking, which can begin to cause problems in their day-to-day life. If you are experiencing this, it may be a sign that you are experiencing mental health problems.
Experiencing mental health problems is very common. 1 in 4 people will have a mental illness at some point in their lives. Mental health problems rarely happen overnight and usually appear gradually. They often start with gradual changes in your thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
If you think you may be experiencing a mental health problem, it is a good idea to seek treatment as soon as possible. Seeking help earlier on can improve the chances of recovery.
If you wish to seek treatment, you could go and see your GP first of all.
If you are worried about your mental health try and seek help early. The best option for seeking help is to visit your GP and discuss how you are feeling. It can be hard to discuss what very personal problems are. However GPs are generally experienced in dealing with mental health so try to be open about how you have been feeling and relax.
If you go to see your GP, they should carry out an initial check as well as checking your health fully. He or she might fill in questionnaires and other forms. These questionnaires can help to work out the type of treatment you may need. If your symptoms are very mild and your doctor believes may clear up on their own or you may not want any treatment at the moment, the GP may ask you to keep an eye on your feelings, thoughts and behaviour over a couple of weeks and ask you to come back for another check. If you need treatment for a mental health problem, your GP may help you rather than sending you to a specialist, but this will depend on the problem and its severity.
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There are many sites that will give you information about how to get help if you are worried about your mental health, how to find out about services and how to get practical advice and information.
Five Ways to Wellbeing
Five Ways to Wellbeing is a mental health awareness programme that incorporates evidence-based public health messages to promote good mental health and resilience. Research by New Economic Foundation identified five simple actions that when applied to our daily lives can improve our mental resilience: we can respond better to difficult situations, and have a greater sense of purpose and control over our lives.