What is mental health?
When we think about the phrase ‘mental health’, we often think about mental health problems. We think of symptoms like low mood and conditions such as depression or anxiety.
In fact, everyone has mental health. You and your colleagues will have times when your mental health is good – and times when it is less good. Just like physical health.
Sometimes you’ll experience low mood, fear, anxiety or confusion. These feelings are part of everyday life and don’t necessarily mean you have a mental health problem.
What is a mental health problem?
Sometimes moods, thoughts, experiences or reactions to things may feel difficult for a long time and affect your life and how you want to live. This might be a mental health problem.
At any one time, one in six people will be experiencing a common mental health problem. It will be part of almost every workforce.
How does this relate to diagnoses?
We’ve all heard of mental health diagnoses.
Find out more about what these mean and how you can support someone with a particular diagnosis.
But having a diagnosis doesn’t necessarily mean that your mental health is poor right now. You could have a diagnosis of a mental health condition but, at the moment, be able to manage it and function well at work and at home.
Equally, you might not have a particular diagnosis, but be finding things very difficult.
Everyone’s experience is different and can change at different times.
“A particular condition can manifest itself in such a variety of ways. OCD for instance conjures up a person being anal about how things are placed on their desk but the obsessive part can be about anything not just cleanliness or order” – Fiona S