Mental health is just as important as physical health. It affects how we think, feel, and act, and it can have a major impact on our quality of life. When we have good mental health, we are able to cope with the ups and downs of life, build healthy relationships, and reach our full potential.
There are many things that can contribute to good mental health, including:
- Having strong social support: Strong social support networks can provide us with a sense of belonging, love, and acceptance. They can also help us to cope with stress and difficult times.
- Engaging in meaningful activities: Engaging in activities that we find meaningful and enjoyable can help to boost our mood, reduce stress, and improve our overall well-being.
- Taking care of our physical health: Eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and getting enough sleep are all important for our physical health, but they can also have a positive impact on our mental health.
- Learning to manage stress: Stress is a normal part of life, but it can become overwhelming if we don’t learn how to manage it effectively. There are many different stress management techniques that can be helpful, such as exercise, relaxation techniques, and time management.
- Seeking professional help: If you are struggling with your mental health, it is important to seek professional help. A therapist can provide you with support, guidance, and treatment options.
Local community support groups can also be a great resource for people who are struggling with their mental health. These groups can provide a safe space to share experiences, connect with others, and learn coping skills. This is where Treacle.me can be useful. It hold and organises all the national support groups available, but also all the small local support groups which exist for exactly this reason. Until now it has been very difficult to locate such groups, but Treacle.me makes it so easy.
If you are concerned about your mental health, please reach out for help. There are many resources available to you, and you don’t have to go through this alone.
The BBC has launched a campaign called Behind the Bandana. It is a brilliantly simple idea that effectively demonstrates that many mental health issues can not be seen as obviously as physical health issues. Hopefully this will open up conversations about young people and mental health. You can read all about it here. https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/changing-lives/behind-the-bandana/
Treacle.me has a whole section dedicated to organisations who support young people and their mental health. It can be found here.