what is mental health?

This page is all about learning and updating your knowledge, we don’t want to slam big words in to your head, so we have used published articles, definitions and rewritten them to make them easily accessible and even easier to understand!


Last year, the cost of mental health issues to the UK economy was £34.9 billion with 15.4 million working days lost to work-related stress, depression or anxiety.
There Are 66.5M People in the UK. 
That’s just under ¼ of the population

1 in 4 people will suffer with Mental ill Health at any one given time?

There was 6507 registered suicides in the UK in 2018
That’s 686 more than 2017. 

4903 Male

1604 Female



What is mental health?

We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. How we feel can vary from good mental well-being to difficult feelings and emotions, to severe mental health illnesses. Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.

what is mental ill health?

Mental ill-health: The definition of ‘mental ill health’ or ‘mental health problems’ covers a very wide spectrum, from the worries and grief we all experience as part of everyday life to the most bleak, suicidal depression or complete loss of touch with everyday reality. Everybody responds differently to the stresses and strains of modern life and it is common to describe ourselves as ‘depressed’, ‘stressed’ or ‘anxious’ at times. For some, these feelings can become serious enough to make it difficult to carry on with everyday life. 1 in 4 people experience common mental health problems – harmful levels of stress, anxiety, depression.

mental health conditions

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. Please see some information below!

anxiety disorders

Anxiety is what we feel when we are worried, tense or afraid – particularly about things that are about to happen, or which we think could happen in the future. Anxiety is a natural human response when we perceive that we are under threat. It can be experienced through our thoughts, feelings and physical sensations.
Anxiety Disorders General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Panic Disorders Phobias

Depression and low mood

Depression is a low mood that lasts for a long time, and affects your everyday life. In its mildest form, depression can mean just being in low spirits. It doesn't stop you leading your normal life but makes everything harder to do and seem less worthwhile. At its most severe, depression can be life-threatening because it can make you feel suicidal.

Mood Disorders Depression Bipolar Disorder*May also include: Postnatal Depression and Psychotic Episodes

Eating Disorders

An eating problem is any relationship with food that you find difficult. Food plays an important part in our lives and most of us will spend time thinking about what we eat. Sometimes we may try to eat more healthily, have cravings, eat more than usual or lose our appetite. Changing your eating habits every now and again is normal. But if food and eating feels like it's taking over your life then it may become a problem. Lots of people think that if you have an eating problem you will be overweight or underweight, and that being a certain weight is always associated with a specific eating problem. This is a myth. Anyone, regardless of age, gender or weight, can be affected by eating problems. Eating Disorders Anorexia Nervosa Bulimia Nervosa Binge Eating Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental health problem that mainly affects your mood. If you have bipolar disorder, you are likely to have times where you experience: manic or hypomanic episodes (feeling high) depressive episodes (feeling low) potentially some psychotic symptoms during manic or depressed episodes You might hear these different experiences referred to as mood states, and you can read more about them in our page on bipolar moods and symptoms. Everyone has variations in their mood, but in bipolar disorder these changes can be very distressing and have a big impact on your life. You may feel that your high and low moods are extreme, and that swings in your mood are overwhelming.

we are currently adding more and more each day!

Content taken from www.mind.org.uk (we believe we cannot top this, so credit is due to the teams across the Mind community!)

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