WHAT IS MENTAL ILLNESS?
Mental Illnesses can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, sex, income, nationality, religion etc and can take many forms. Some are mild and can be well managed, whereas others require specialist support and sometimes hospital care.
Mental Illnesses, like Depression, are often characterised as lasting for 2 weeks or more and can often occur from a traumatic event, genes, brain chemistry, biological factors, neurological issues etc.
Mental Health refers to anyone's state of physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.
Mental Illnesses are diagnosable conditions that affect thoughts and behaviours.
Mental Illness is not something to be ashamed - it is a medical condition. They are treatable with support (depending on the severity) and require your own involvement to recover (just like you'd clean a wound). Sometimes medication can be used to treat Mental Illness, just like you'd take antibiotics for an infection. If you badly cut your head, you'd get a doctor to patch it up - therapists and counsellors are the same! They give you tools (the bandage) to teach you how to challenge and manage thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
There are many types of mental illnesses and disorders. Here are a few of the more common types. Explore below: