MENTAL HEALTH:

IT’S IMPORTANT:

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes 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.

IT’S AFFECT YOUR LIFE:

Mental illness is a leading cause of disability. Untreated mental illness can cause severe emotional, behavioral and physical health problems. Complications sometimes linked to mental illness include: Unhappiness and decreased enjoyment of life.

HOW CAN WE IMPROVE THAT?

Talk about your feelings. Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled. Keep active. Eat well. Drink sensibly. Keep in touch. Ask for help. Take a break.Do something you’re good at.

CAUSES POOR MENTAL HEALTH:

For example, the following factors could potentially result in a period of poor mental health: childhood abuse, trauma, or neglect. social isolation or loneliness. experiencing discrimination and stigma.

TYPES OF MENTAL DISORDER:

Anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and phobias.Depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders.Eating disorders.Personality disorders.Post-traumatic stress disorder.Psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia.

5 steps to mental wellbeing:

Connect with other people. Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. … Be physically active. Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness. … Learn new skills. … Give to others. … Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)

To boost your mental health, focus on eating plenty of fruits and vegetables along with foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon. Dark green leafy vegetables in particular are brain protective. Nuts, seeds and legumes, such as beans and lentils, are also excellent brain foods.

Evidence has suggested that physical exercise is an effective intervention in mental health care. Aerobic activities like jogging, swimming, cycling, walking and dancing have been found to reduce anxiety and depression.

Value yourself: Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and avoid self-criticism. … Take care of your body: Taking care of yourself physically can improve your mental health. … Surround yourself with good people: … Give yourself: … Learn how to deal with stress: … Quiet your mind: … Set realistic goals: … Break up the monotony.

Even starting with just one or two gives you a base to build upon over time. Your mental health should be a top priority, which means being proactive and embracing the three golden rules of mental health practice – repeat, repeat, repeat.To get you started, here are five ways to improve student wellbeing with some ideas you can implement.Promote Services and Resources.Introduce Mindfulness Lessons.Implement Training Sessions for your Staff.Organise Events.Foster Partnerships.Milk. It’s a good source of vitamin D. If you have very low levels of this nutrient in your body, that can sometimes cause depression. One Norwegian study found that people who took a vitamin D supplement were less depressed a year later than those who didn’t.The researchers narrowed down the top 10 raw fruits and vegetables they found to be associated with better mental health and fewer symptoms of depression. These include carrots, dark leafy greens such as spinach, lettuce, cucumber, apples, bananas, grapefruit, other citrus fruits, fresh berries, and kiwifruit.

Some examples of mental activities which can be adapted. Reading/listening to talking books. Music – listening, watching a live performance, playing an instrument, singing.

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