Having good mental health and wellbeing is important because it shapes how you think and feel about yourself as well as others. Your mental health can also affect how you deal with everyday life events, such as relationships and coping with change
It is important for everyone to look after their mental health just as they look after their physical health.
“Mental health problems seem to be less valued than physical ones. You don’t break your leg and be told “that’s life” but you do about emotional things.” Quote from a young person, Young Minds conference 2007
Mental health is as important as physical health. As one young person put it: “It doesn’t mean being happy all the time but it does mean being able to cope with things.” (National CAMHS Review, 2008)
Who am I? - is a website created by and for young people about their experience of mental ill-health. The site invites young people to record and upload a YouTube video in which they hold up a series of hand-written cards that explain their personal journey. Alternatively they can view videos that other have uploaded under the headings of Depression, Eating Disorders, Self-Harm, Stress & Anxiety as well as Clinicians and Parents. This site was developed in conjunction with the CAMHs team at 5 Boroughs Partnership.
There are lots of things you can do to stay mentally healthy. One proven way is by doing 5 simple things. The 5 ways to wellbeing have been worked with, locally, to form the 5 GREAT ways to wellbeing.
These can help if you’re coping well with life, if you already have a mental health problem. They can also help if you have recovered from a mental health difficulty and want to protect yourself from the same thing happening again. Below there are information sections on common difficulties that you can face.