The terms ‘mental health issues’ or ‘mental health problem’ cover a wide range of problems which affect someone’s ability to get on with their daily life. Mental health problems can affect anyone, of any age and background, as well as having an impact on the people around them such as their family, friends and carers.
On average 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health concern in the course of a year. However, of these, only a relatively small number will be diagnosed with a serious and enduring mental health problem. Common types of mental health problem include anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Most people recover from their mental health problems. Some people find their lives are disrupted and difficult because of the impact of their mental health issues. Other people find ways of managing their mental health and lead full and contented lives. Sometimes people are described as being mentally ill, but many people find the term labels them and leads to those around them making negative judgements about what they can achieve and how they might behave.
This section of Signpost UK contains advice on a wide range of mental health problems and ways to manage them.