– By student Hafsah Ali –
A phrase that we hear every day, evident in wherever you go; Mental Health.
What was once a taboo topic has finally risen to the light, however, due to it being a misunderstood concept many people are still yet to understand what mental health actually is, and so remain passive to the implications of this mind disease.
As a result, many individuals suffer silently alone, as their cries for help are pinned to be ‘phases of sadness’ or ‘teenage mood swings’ and so are thus dismissed until drastic action occurs often resulting in damage or harm, and in some cases death.
So, what is Mental Health?
You’ve heard of physical health, keeping your body functioning and refreshed, well mental health is the same thing but for your mind.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health is “ A state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
This is important because though we cannot see mental health, by maintaining it, we as individuals can continue with our daily lives efficiently otherwise the way we socialise, the way we think and the way we feel can become disrupted often leading to mental health disorders.
What are Mental Health Disorders?
Mental health Disorders can be identified as extreme versions of the emotions we often feel. Depression is an extreme version of sadness where one feels unmotivated, really down and refrains from the activities they once loved due to not being able to get out of bed or not having the energy. Similarly, Anxiety, OCD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia and ADHD are extreme versions of nervousness, hysteria and paranoia.
Are you dealing with stress, anxiety or depression? Then contact a university Counsellor on 0121 476 1181, extension 2328 to make an appointment.
There are also external companies who are available to help:
Mind Charity: 0300 304 7000
Samaritans Charity: 116123