Mental wellbeing matters

16th May 2024 | Posted by: Vanessa Giraud

When life is good and we’re care free, it’s easy for us to face the world and smile. But sometimes it can be hard to understand and make sense of the world we live in.

We might experience a time when nothing seems to go our way either at work or home.  That’s when we can begin to feel down, and worry there’s no clear path to feeling positive again.

For younger and older people alike, living in today’s world has its own special demands and pressures. The concerns people report, for themselves or another, usually fall into these broad categories: low mood, depression, anxiety, stress, panic, anger, trauma, bereavement, loss, phobias, relationship difficulties, family problems and financial worries.

man in field for mental health day

Move your way - poster for mental wellbeingAttitudes towards mental health, and the language we use to talk about it, have advanced considerably. This means mental health concerns are acknowledged to be as important as physical health issues because of our increasing awareness of the inter-connectedness of mind and body.

This week, May 13 – 19 2024 is Mental Health Awareness Week. Mental Health UK has chosen to focus on the importance of movement to emphasise the vital connection between mind and body. They encourage us to #MoveYourWay.

Every Mind Matters – top tips

Every Mind Matters is part of the Better Health campaign run by the NHS, aiming to help people achieve physical and mental wellbeing.

Five Tips for better mental health are:

1. Reframe unhelpful thoughts
2. Be in the present
3. Get good sleep
4. Connect with others
5. Live a healthy life

Good mental health can help us enjoy our lives more.

Young people and mental health

Both children and young adults benefit from support for their mental wellbeing. Different problems affect different age groups but in general may be linked to:

These issues can lead to: difficulty sleeping, anxiety, avoidance strategies, self-harming and substance abuse. Parents and carers are advised to keep an eye out for changes in children’s behaviour. Most importantly, try to keep communication channels open.

Young people often don’t want to talk about their problems, so try to encourage them to talk about anything before leading into how they feel. Reassure them that it’s okay to feel sad, angry, stressed and overwhelmed. Create opportunities to talk about problems as that can often help guide them.

Mental health support for young people under 19 24/7:

Mental health support is available for all ages

The old-fashioned stigma attached to mental health problems has diminished over the last thirty years. Public personalities are acknowledging their problems and speaking out about their struggles. No one should suffer alone.  Now we recognise how helpful professional support is. Whether it’s reading advice, joining webinars, or having one-to-one counselling, there are people ready to help.

Free listening services

These services offer confidential support from trained volunteers. You can talk about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how difficult:




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