We can all experience periods when our mental health is not as a good as it could be. There are lots of things that could lead to feeling mentally unwell and it's usually a combination of these things that impact our mental health. Some people are more affected by certain things than others, which is perhaps why experiencing a mental health condition often feels very personal and can sometimes be hard to understand or explain. The things that can affect our mental health include:

  • lifestyle factors, e.g. poor diet, lack of sleep, low levels of physical activity
  • long-term stress
  • debt or other money worries
  • the death of someone close
  • the break down of a relationship
  • having a long-term health condition
  • unemployment or losing your job
  • poor housing or homelessness
  • loneliness
  • drug or alcohol misuse
  • adverse childhood experiences, such as neglect or abuse
  • experiencing abuse as an adult
  • being the victim of a violent crime
  • experiencing trauma, such as being involved in a serious incident where you feared for your life
  • physical causes, such as a head injury or a disease of the brain

When our mental health continues to be affected, it can lead to us experiencing a mental health condition. The most common are anxiety and depression, or a mix of the two. Having a mental health condition doesn't mean you will always be unwell. We can learn to understand and manage our mental health and although some conditions may be long-term, when managed well, we are less likely to experience periods of ill health.

Being mentally healthy

Lancashire Mind are part of the Mind federation, a network of local Mind organisations and national Mind. There's lots of information and resources on the Mind website that can help you to learn more about mental health.

Lancashire Mind is a company limited by guarantee (company number 3888655) and a registered charity in England and Wales (registered number 1081427) at 80-82 Devonshire Road, Chorley, Lancs, PR7 2DR. Lancashire Mind are registered with the Fundraising Regulator. For all enquiries, call us on 01257 231660.
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