What is it?
Emotional or mental health affects us all. It is about how we think and feel about ourselves and how we cope in difficult times. We all have a state of mental health which changes from time to time. Good mental health helps us feel positive about today and hopeful for the future.
Sometimes people confuse mental health with mental illness. In fact, we all have mental health, just as we have physical health, which changes from time to time. Looking after your mental health is just as important as looking after your physical health. It is about how we think and feel about ourselves and how we cope in difficult times, how we feel about ourselves, how we make and keep friends and relationships as well as how we develop emotionally.
We all have times in our lives when we are worried, anxious or unhappy. These feelings can be caused by:
- being bullied
- parents divorcing
- family life
- love life
Sometimes it can seem like these feelings are taking over - that's when talking to someone may help.
Where to go?
At first, it might help to talk to a family member, a teacher or youth worker. If that doesn’t help then you can talk to a professional. You can talk to your school counsellor or GP who might refer you to Open Minded (Camden’s Child & Adolescent Mental Health services) or to see an Educational Psychologist. Your school may even have other support services available to you, such as a mentor.
Watch this video showing the different ways you can seek help in Camden - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5SD_SdWgL4&feature=youtu.be
If talking to a family member, a teacher or a youth worker doesn’t help, or you don’t feel you can talk to these people, then it is time to seek help from someone in the Open Minded service.
1 in 4 people will have a mental health problem at some point in their lives. A mental health problem is when your worries or fears, or your unhappiness starts to undermine your health and wellbeing so that it gets difficult to cope with day to day life, or to function properly at school, college or in work. You might feel like harming yourself, or worry you will do something crazy.
Many people, particularly young men, think that they must sort out emotional problems themselves, that seeking help is a sign of weakness. But keeping stuff to yourself can eat you up.
Seeking help might feel scary, but people who have sought help from mental health professionals say that they were treated with respect, that they felt listened to and understood, and that the professional they saw knew how to help them.
You can refer yourself, or ask your parents to do it for you, or go your GP.
Services in Camden are :
A new youth base for 16-24 year olds in Swiss Cottage providing one to one support, a range of activities and support services including a drop-in clinic and employment advice.