All of us feel angry, at least occasionally. Most of the time when we get angry, we get over it quickly because, somehow, we resolve the situation and our feelings of anger pass. Anger becomes a problem, however, if we “bottle it up” or if we “blow up”. Both of these extremes cause problems for […]Continue readingAnger
Every person has their own mental health, just as we all have our own physical health. It is important that we take care of our emotional well-being just as much as we take care of our physical well-being. Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual is continually taking care of and maintaining a healthy and functional emotional state. Mental health does not directly refer to an illness and is not merely the absence of a mental disorder.
Mental health care is essential at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Your mental health will not always stay the same. It is perfectly normal to have changes in your emotional state, we would not be humans without our emotions. Your emotional state can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages of your life and can be impacted on by the way you think, feel and behave which are all very common.
Maintaining a mentally healthy lifestyle encompasses ones ability to handle emotionally difficult situations. This includes an individuals ability to cope with normal stresses of life, get on with daily tasks of life, practice healthy coping strategies and navigate difficult circumstances.
We all feel nervous or worried at times. This anxiety can be a helpful feeling when it motivates us or warns us of danger. An anxiety disorder, on the other hand, causes unexpected or unhelpful anxiety that seriously impacts our lives, including how we think, feel, and act. What are anxiety disorders? Anxiety disorders are […]Continue readingAnxiety Disorders
Just as physical fitness helps our bodies to stay strong, mental fitness helps us to achieve and sustain a state of good mental health. When we are mentally healthy, we enjoy our life and environment, and the people in it.Continue readingBenefits of Good Mental Health
We all experience changes in our mood. Sometimes we feel energetic, full of ideas, or irritable, and other times we feel sad or down. But these moods usually don’t last long, and we can go about our daily lives. Depression and bipolar disorder are two mental illnesses that change the way people feel and make […]Continue readingBipolar Disorder and Depression
While we may think of low mood or other challenges as adult problems, they can affect people at any age. Children and teens can experience mental illnesses like depression. Sometimes it can be difficult for adults to understand how difficult children’s problems can be because we look at their problems through adult eyes. But the […]Continue readingChildren, Youth and Depression
Stress is our psychological, physiological and behavioural response to change, and stressors are the ever-present situations that bring about change.Continue readingCoping with Stress
When someone has an eating disorder, their weight is the prime focus of their life. Their all-consuming preoccupation with calories, grams of fat, exercise and weight allows them to displace the painful emotions or situations that are at the heart of the problem and gives them a false sense of being in control. Read more […]Continue readingEating Disorders
Loss is one of life’s most stressful events. It takes time to heal, and everyone responds differently. We may need help to cope with the changes in our lives. Grief is part of being human, but that doesn’t mean we have to go through the journey alone. What is grief? Grief (also called bereavement) is […]Continue readingGrief
Many of us have small habits that make us feel better, but we can also live without them. For example, we might think of something as ‘lucky’ or have a routine that feels comforting. But for people who experience obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), these behaviours are much more intense and disruptive and are fuelled by unwanted […]Continue readingObsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Everyone feels scared at times. But sometimes, fear can come up in a situation that isn’t expected. This fear stops us from going about our usual routines or working towards our goals. Phobias and panic disorder are two examples of mental illnesses that can lead to these problems. What are phobias? A phobia is an […]Continue readingPhobias and Panic Disorders