Just like physical health, mental health is something that we all have and is something that we should take care of. Mental health problems are common and research suggests that 1 in 4 of us will experience poor mental health in any given year. Mental illness refers to a wide range of conditions which affect your mood, thinking and behaviour. Examples of mental health conditions include anxiety disorders, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and addictive behaviours.
Causes of Poor Mental Health
Mental health problems can have a range of causes. It’s likely that for many people there is a combination of factors involved. These can be biological, psychological or environmental. Some examples of causes of poor mental health include:
- childhood abuse, trauma or neglect
- social isolation or loneliness
- severe or long-term stress
- having a long-term physical health condition
- financial concerns, unemployment or losing a job
- social disadvantage, poverty or debt
- being a long-term carer
- significant trauma as an adult
- relationship difficulties or divorce
- domestic violence, abuse or bullying
- physical causes such as a head injury or a neurological condition
Lifestyle factors including work, diet, a lack of sleep, alcohol and drugs can also affect your mental health, however experiencing a mental health problem usually has other factors as well.
Mental Health in the Workplace
In March 2020, we resigned the Time to Change Wales pledge to show our continued commitment to supporting the mental wellbeing of all of our employees and reducing mental health stigma in the workplace.
The Authority is making ongoing efforts to increase employees’ awareness and understanding of mental health and stress, provide guidance and support for managers and employees to identify the signs and symptoms of poor mental health, and to develop a consistent approach to the management of mental health and stress in the workplace.
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