What is a mental health problem?
Everyone has their good and their bad days, which is completely normal and OK. However, when those negative thoughts start to take over, then it’s maybe time to get support.
Everyone can feel worried or anxious for things such as an interview or a big meeting. It’s when we feel these feelings all the time, that maybe we should look for help.
What are the causes?
- When things are difficult in your life
- Life experiences – such as a trauma like violence or abuse
- Problems with your physical health
- Pressure from school, work or money worries
- Relationships with parents, family or friends which are difficult
- Possible family history of mental health problems.
How do you know when to get help?
We all struggle with mental health at times – it is just like when we get sick. Trust your instincts – if you feel that you need help, then seek help. You know you best!
At the college you can access Together All. Together All is a safe online community that can help support your mental health, 24/7 through online resources, other members and trained professionals.
Signs to lookout for…
- feeling hopeless – struggling to see the positives in life, or wishing you didn’t exist
- getting into lots of arguments or fights
- feeling sad all the time
- feeling angry all the time
- feeling anxious all the time
- numbness – not feeling any emotions at all
- extreme highs and lows, or mood swings
- feeling worthless
- changes to your eating patterns – starving yourself, over-eating, making yourself sick
- hearing voices or seeing things that aren’t there
- hurting yourself on purpose
- keeping away from friends and family
- relying heavily on alcohol, drugs or sex
- obsessive behaviour or thoughts – feeling there is something you have to do / think about all the time or something bad will happen
- experiencing nightmares, flashbacks or upsetting thoughts
- obsessing about how you look
- constant unwanted thoughts
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