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National Mental Health Awareness Week: All about mental health

The time has come to spread awareness on mental health, but many still struggle to understand what it really is. 

I think it’s safe to say we have all experienced some traumas in life, no matter how big they can leave your mental health unstable. 

So, read on to understand mental health, how to maintain it and how to look out for signs in others who may be struggling. 

What are mental health problems? 

In many ways, mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it. 

Good mental health means being generally able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life. 

But if you go through a period of poor mental health you might find the ways you’re frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with. This can feel just as bad as a physical illness, or even worse.

Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year. They range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

How can I treat mental health problems?

Well, there’s no easy fix. But the most important aspect in treating mental health is to try.

If you’re unsure where to start here are some quick, life changing tips you could try:

  • spend time with friends, loved ones and people you trust
  • talk about or express your feelings regularly 
  • reduce alcohol consumption
  • avoid illicit drug use
  • keep active and eat well
  • develop new skills and challenge your capabilities 
  • relax and enjoy your hobbies
  • set realistic goals
  • take time out and get enough sleep 

What are the signs of poor mental health?

Everyone’s experience with mental health is different but due to the rapid increase of suicide rates, it is crucial we spot the signs early and possibly save someone’s life.

Communicate with your family and friends and look out for these signs:

  • poor concentration
  • worrying more
  • finding it hard to make decisions
  • talking less and avoiding social activities
  • low mood
  • tiredness and lack or energy
  • eating more or less than normal

At Battle Buddy UK, we will be using this week on our social media platforms to raise awareness. 

We know the struggle veterans face day in and out and there are way too many who are struggling in silence. 

Signs of mental health issues are getting harder and harder to spot but if you feel like you know someone who needs our help, contact us because one call can save a life.

Our 24/7 helping is available 07852937163.

Or join our supportive Facebook group here.

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