Mental health problems range from the worries we all experience as part of everyday life to serious longterm conditions. Themajority of people who experience mental health problems can get over them or learn to live with them, especially if they get help early on.
Mental health problems are usually defined and classified to enable professionals to refer people for appropriate care and treatment. But some diagnoses are controversial and there is much concern in the mental health field that people are too often treated according to or described by their label. This can have a profound effect on their quality of life. Nevertheless, diagnoses remain the most usual way of dividing and classifying symptoms into groups.
Most Mental Health symptoms have traditionally been divided into groups called either ‘neurotic’ or ‘psychotic’ symptoms. ‘Neurotic’ covers those symptoms which can be regarded as severe forms of ‘normal’ emotional experiences such as depression, anxiety or panic. Conditions formerly referred to as ‘neuroses’ are now more frequently called ‘common mental health problems.’
Less common are ‘psychotic’ symptoms, which interfere with a person’s perception of reality, and may include hallucinations such as seeing, hearing, smelling or feeling things that no one else can. Mental health problems affect the way you think, feel and behave. They are problems that can be diagnosed by a doctor, not personal weaknesses.
for more information on Mental Health see the below resources and contacts
- https://www.england.nhs.uk/mental-health/resources/ (NHS England)
Walsall's Emotional Health and Wellbeing toolkit
This guide is aimed at identifying interventions that will support the promotion of resilience and good behaviour in childhood and adolescence therefore reducing the behaviour that affects a young person’s ability to learn. While issues may become evident at school, the time of pregnancy and early years play a major part in laying the foundations for a resilient person who can cope in the world they are growing up in. There are therefore sections in this resource identifying how the foundations for the resilience and positive mental wellbeing of a child are laid in these periods.
Rethink - Calm Space
Rethink has been commissioned by Public Health Walsall to offer perinatal support, supporting new and expectant parents around low level mental health issues. We take a holistic approach, looking a parents as a whole, including placing emphasis on mental health support.
Calm Space peer support groups are delivered by trained volunteers - the groups are held in non-stigmatised, sage, family friendly environment.
If you know someone who would benefit from coming along to any of the sessions give us a call: 01922 707862 or they are welcome to drop-in to the groups.