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Your mental wellbeing

If you have been diagnosed with a mental health condition or are worried about your mental well-being, you are not alone. As many as one in four people will experience mental health problems at some time in their lives.

In your workplace, even among colleagues and friends, it is quite likely that there will be someone else who has had, or is currently experiencing, a mental health condition.
Mental illness can be severe, moderate or mild and can be a reaction to life events such as bereavement, birth, or changes in personal circumstances, including at work.
Anxiety and depression are the most common conditions and women are more likely to be diagnosed with mental health problems than men, but men are less likely to seek help. Mental health conditions can and do affect people of all ages and backgrounds and sufferers have a wide range of symptoms and experiences.

Many mental health conditions, like physical illnesses, are temporary. Recovery is common and even for severe and more difficult to treat conditions long periods of being well can be expected with the right support.

Early signs

The first experience of a mental health problem may be in reaction to a life event, such as bereavement or redundancy.  However, it can be quite difficult  in the early stages to pinpoint particular symptoms or identify when your feelings have become more difficult to manage.

It may be that friends, family or colleagues notice first.

Symptoms can be emotional, such as low mood and negative thoughts, and behavioural, such as lack of concentration or motivation, changes in appetite and sleep patterns, and fatigue.

If you are worried about your mental health

It is quite likely that you will tolerate how you are feeling for some time before discussing it with anyone or going to your doctor.
The first step if you are worried about your mental health is to talk to your GP or occupational health department, who will ensure that confidentiality will be maintained.
The vast majority of people with the most common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety are looked after by their GP.
If your condition is more severe or complex the GP will probably refer you to local specialist mental health services. Many people benefit from ‘talking therapies’ which may involve time with a trained psychologist/ counsellor or community mental health nurse.

Others need the care of a psychiatrist, who is medically trained in managing mental illness.

If you are referred to specialist mental health service by your GP, it is likely that you will have a lead carer who may involve the help of others such as occupational health services or social workers  who will do all they can to support you both at home and at work.

Research into treatment of mental illnesses is extensive and modern drugs with few side-effects and treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) allow the majority of sufferers to improve and recover.

See links below for further information, contacts and self help tools:

www.moodgym.anu.edu.au

Bereavement counselling can be accessed via ‘Cruse’ on 0844 447 9400

Free Debt Counselling 0800 808 4000

Specific, diagnosed Mental Health Issues ‘Mind’ 0300 123 3393

Samaritans 08457 90 90 90

Drugs and Alcohol – Via Aquarius 0121 414 0888 

Solihull Drug and Alcohol Service 0121 301 3600

Stress information on next tab on this website with information to download

 

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