Mental health is about how a person feels, thinks and behaves.
According to the World Health Organisation 1 in 4 of us will be affected by a mental health issue at some point in our lives. It is therefore essential that people suffering with mental health problems feel supported and know how to ask for help in order to manage their illness.
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Anxiety is an emotion we feel when we are worried, tense or afraid – particularly about things that are about to happen or may happen in future.
Depression is a low mood that lasts for a long time and affects everyday life. Symptoms include feeling numb, isolated or not being able to relate to people. Such people can avoid social events and activities, have difficulty in thinking clearly or making decisions.
Stress is the body's reaction to change that requires a mental adjustment or physical response. This stress response, also known as the "fight or flight response", is activated in case of an emergency.
It is a mood disorder where a person may have extremes of feeling high (manic episode) or feeling low (depressive) or a combination of both.
This is a group of conditions present from early childhood and can include autism, learning disability and other developmental delay.
Schizophrenia is severe and long term mental condition where a person finds it difficult to distinguish between reality and their own thoughts and get confused.
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