What is mental health?

The term ‘mental health’ means different things to different people but in essence it’s all about how we think, feel and behave. Mental health issues can happen to anyone at any time. One in four of us will experience mental health problems at some point in our lives. It is nothing to be ashamed of.

Good mental health is when people are able to manage everyday life, have fulfilling relationships with other people, and cope with change and loss. When people experience mental health problems they often find that they have difficulties in some or all of these areas. 

Mental health covers a whole range of conditions including:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Sleep problems
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Depression including pre and post-natal
  • Eating disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Addiction 

There are also the more severe conditions of bipolar disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia.

Mood Self-assessment

When it comes to emotions, it can sometimes be hard to recognise or admit that we're not feeling 100%. If you’re 16 or over, the NHS mood self-assessment can help you better understand how you've been feeling recently. Click here to take the take this short questionnaire to:

  • Help you better understand how you've been feeling over the last 2 weeks
  • Point you in the right direction for helpful advice and information

What should I do if I am experiencing difficulties?

If you’re experiencing emotional difficulties, you are not alone. You may wish to explore many of the self-help materials here. If you would like to talk with someone or need more support, there are a range of free services available in Surrey Heath including talking therapy, and you don't have to consult with your GP first.  

Click here for more advice on looking after your mental health and wellbeing.