What is Mental Health?

One in every four people in the UK has a Mental Health problem, with one in a hundred people having a severe or serious condition. The NHS estimates that every year around 250,000 people will be admitted to a psychiatric hospital. Mental Health is a broad term used to describe how we think, feel and behave.

Receiving the right support can aid recovery, improve symptoms or help with developing coping techniques of people with Mental Health problems - no matter how severe. To find out more about the support options Craegmoor provides visit our mental health services page.

There are great number of Mental Health problems which affect people in very different ways. Some of the most common include:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder (sometimes referred to as manic depression)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Personality disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Phobias

Mental Health problems are often misrepresented and therefore misunderstood which can lead to individuals with Mental Health problems facing discrimination. Campaigns like Time to Change aim to end Mental Health discrimination. Time to Change encourages celebrities and members of the public to speak out about their experiences, demonstrating that individuals can live full and productive lives and in some cases recover completely.

What causes Mental Health problems?

A number of factors can cause Mental Health problems. They can develop after a traumatic event such as the loss of a loved one or may affect people who have stressful jobs or live in difficult conditions. Mental Health problems have also been linked to genetics and to certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Rethink is an organisation designed to give a voice to people affected by Mental Health problems and divides the causes into four types:

  • Physical e.g. genetics, diet, accidents such as head injuries
  • Social e.g. work, home life, friends and family
  • Environmental e.g. living in an area with high crime rates
  • Psychological e.g. traumatic or significant events

Who can be affected?

Anyone can be affected by Mental Health problems. Certain groups are more likely to be at risk; such as people with Learning or Physical Disabilities or homeless people, but any person can develop Mental Health problems at any stage in their lives.

How do you treat Mental Health problems?

There are many types of treatment available for people with Mental Health problems. some of the most common are treatments include medication, counselling and psychotherapy.

The most suitable treatment is determined by the individual and their situation. GPs will be able to advise individuals about their options, or they can discuss any issues with a support group or charity, such as Mind which runs over 180 local Mind associations.

Counselling is sometimes referred to as a talking therapy and can be used to treat a number of different conditions. It aims to help people discuss their problems and deal with any issues that are affecting their lives. Counselling is available through the NHS if referred by a GP; however, individuals can opt to receive counselling privately without a referral. When seeking private treatment, it is always advisable to consult a professional body such as the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy before booking a counsellor.

Another common talking therapy is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, commonly referred to as CBT. CBT aims to change people’s attitudes to their behaviour and therefore support them to manage any problems in a more effective way. By focusing on how thoughts and feelings affect the way they behave with their therapist, an individual can work to develop a more positive strategy for coping with issues. CBT is very effective for people with depression or anxiety disorders.

Craegmoor services are committed to providing support in the most suitable way for the individual with skilled staff on hand to support the person with a Mental Health problem. We support the wider team in the community which can include psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, educational and vocational service co-ordinators. We work alongside these professionals to develop with the person their own recovery pathway.

Can you get better?

Yes, some people recover completely, however, others may relapse. It is important to remember that it is possible to recover from all forms of Mental Health problems.

For those who do not recover completely, it is still possible to improve their quality of life significantly. At Craegmoor, we aim to celebrate every achievement made by the individuals we support, no matter how large or small, as each step brings them closer to achieving better Mental Health.

If you are concerned that you or a loved one may need regular or long term support either in a residential setting or in your own home, please get in touch by completing our online enquiry form or by calling our dedicated enquiries team on 0800 840 3219.

Conclusion

There are many different types of Mental Health problems, often with a number of diagnoses within them. How these affect people changes dramatically dependent on their circumstances, but there is always support and advice available for anyone who is concerned that they, a friend, or a family member may have a Mental Health problem.

For more information on the support Craegmoor services can offer, please contact us or consult our sister company The Priory Group who offer services specifically for the treatment of eating disorders as well as a broad range Mental Health conditions.

If you would like further information on the full range of Craegmoor services, then please call: 0800 840 3219.