Good mental health is about feeling well in your own mind. This is sometimes affected by life events which may cause distress or unhappiness.
There are services in Central Bedfordshire for anyone who is concerned about their own or someone else's mental health or well-being. You can find them in the Mental Health Services directory, published by Bedfordshire and Luton Mind. For more information visit the following link: MIND
Mental health difficulties are very common and affect one in four of us at some point in our lives. It is likely that we will all experience some form of mental distress, for example after some life-changing event.
In spite of the common nature of these problems, people experiencing them will often feel afraid that no one will understand them. They may feel that what they are experiencing is unusual and out of the ordinary.
If you are concerned about your mental well-being, your first stop should be your GP (family doctor) They will be familiar with your medical history and can direct you to the appropriate treatment or service.
Mental illness is more serious and is usually diagnosed by doctors, who may recommend a variety of treatments for mental illness, for example medication and talking treatments.
Steps can be taken to improve our mental health whether or not we have a mental illness. This can help make the symptoms of illness become less distressing and more easily managed.