Mental Health

We all experience mental health problems from time to time. Feelings like sadness, worry, anger, fear and grief are understandable reactions to negative events in our lives, and don't typically last very long. But if these feelings continue for long periods of time, become overwhelming, and 'get in the way' of daily life, then something more serious may be happening.

Mental health difficulties cover a whole range of negative feelings you have that just won't go away. You could have unpredictable moods, anxiety, trouble sleeping, eating problems, or just feel really, really sad all the time.

The good news is, mental health issues can be managed and overcome. The sooner you get help, the quicker these feelings will go away.

Mental Health Basics:

  • 1 in 5 kids struggles with their mental health.
  • If you are feeling depressed or angry or anxious, you are not alone.
  • Mental health problems can happen to any young person, regardless of age or circumstance.
  • They can affect a child or youth as easily as cancer or a physical disability.
  • There's no one to blame for it and there should be no shame in it.

Mental health is part of your overall health

It's about:

  • how you feel, think, and behave
  • how you cope with the ups and downs of everyday life
  • how you feel about yourself and your life
  • how you see yourself and your future
  • how stress affects you
  • how you deal with negative things that happen in your life
  • your self-esteem or confidence

Contributing factors

There is combination of factors that are believed to cause mental health problems, including:

  • biological factors - for example genetics, whether someone in your family has a mental health issue
  • negative early life experiences - for example abuse, neglect, death of a family member or close friend
  • individual factors - for example self-esteem or way of thinking about yourself and others
  • current social circumstances - for example school, work, relationship or family stress, or negative life events

Types of mental health disorders: