Signs of poor mental health

Mental health is like physical health, everyone has it and we need to take care of it. However mental health is often not viewed as being as important as physical health, despite the fact they are equally important and interdependent.

Many of us have found the last few years very challenging and may have felt, angry, sad or stressed. These are not always signs of mental illness but some changes in behaviour can be. Changes could be sudden or occur over time.

It is not always easy to spot poor mental health, so we have gathered together some information to help you know what the signs could be:

  • Excessive worrying
  • Anxiety or paranoia
  • Trying to start arguments
  • Social withdrawal, or stopping doing things that were previously enjoyed
  • Eating more or less
  • Sleeping to much or too little
  • Confused or problems concentrating
  • Mood changes, commonly angry, irritable, tired, forgetful or sensitive
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal thoughts

It is important not to take any changes personally, be kind and patient, and offer your support.

Find out more about how to talk to someone you are worried about.

If you are really worried about someone it is important to try to encourage them to speak to their GP to find out what help and support is available. Details of 24/7 services are available here.

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