Employee Mental Health
Mental health refers to our psychological, social, and emotional well-being. It can affect how we think, feel and act. It can also affect how we deal with stress, make decisions, and relate to others. From childhood through adulthood, mental health is essential. A state of mental well-being is one in which an individual can recognise his or her abilities, cope with everyday stresses, is productive, and can make a positive contribution to the community.
Both mental and physical health are important aspects of overall health.
Because certain genes and variants can put people at greater risk, genetic family history can increase the chance of developing mental health problems. These disorders can be caused by many other factors. However, just because a gene is linked to a mental disorder such as schizophrenia or depression, it does not mean that the condition will be developed. People without a history of mental illness or genes that are related can also have mental health problems.
Mental health is essential because it can help you cope with stress, have healthy relationships, make meaningful contributions in your community, work productively and reach your full potential.
What is Mental Illness?
Mental illness is also known as mental health disorders. It refers to a variety of mental conditions that can affect your mood, thinking, and behaviour. Mental illness includes depression, anxiety disorders and schizophrenia.
A mental illness refers to a condition that alters the way a person thinks, behaves, or feels. These conditions can have a profound impact on daily living and could also cause problems in relationships with others. You are not the only one who may have a mental disorder. Mental health conditions are more common than you might think. This is because people are afraid to talk about them, and don’t want to.
Depression, in particular, can increase the risk of many health conditions, including long-term conditions such as stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other mental illnesses. Chronic conditions such as depression can also increase your risk of developing mental illness. There is help for mental health problems. Mental health issues can be treated and many people are able to recover quickly.
This does not mean that you are broken or that your family did anything wrong. Mental illness is something that can be treated. Many people can recover, including meaningful roles in school, work, and social life. This is especially true if you begin treatment early and take an active role in your recovery.
Mental Health Factors
- Biological factors: These include genes and brain chemistry
- Life experiences: Such as abuse or trauma
- A family history of mental illness
- Lifestyle: Your diet, exercise, and substance use
Your mental health can also be affected by making positive changes, such as practicing gratitude, relaxation techniques and meditation.
There are warning signs that one might have a mental health problem
It can be difficult to tell what is normal and unacceptable when it comes to your emotions. Depending on the condition, your circumstances, and other factors, signs and symptoms of mental illness may vary. Emotions, thoughts, and behaviour can be affected by mental illness.
- Changes in your sleeping or eating habits
- You withdraw from people and activities that you love
- Low or no energy
- You feel numb, or nothing is important anymore
- Unexplained aches or pains
- Feeling hopeless or helpless
Common Types of Mental Illness
- Anxiety disorders
- Mood disorders
- Schizophrenia disorders
- Bipolar Disorder
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Steps to Manage and Look After Your Mental Health
Mental illness is not preventable. If you are suffering from a mental illness, it is possible to take steps to reduce stress, increase resilience, and boost self-esteem to help manage your symptoms. Simple changes in your lifestyle don’t have to be costly or take up a lot of your time.
- Be aware of warning signs
- Receive routine medical care.
- Receive help whenever you need it.
- Take care of yourself.
- Do something that you are good at
- Talk about your feelings
- Stay active
- Accept yourself as you are
- Take care of others
- Protect your mental health
Mental health is dependent on a healthy environment that protects basic civil and political rights as well as socio-economic rights. It is impossible to maintain high levels of mental health without the freedom and security provided by these rights.
Mental health counseling refers to the assessment, mitigation, treatment, modification, or adjustment of a disability, problem or disorder of behaviour, character or development, emotion or personality through the use of verbal and behavioural methods.
It is crucial to protect and promote mental well-being in the context of national efforts for developing and implementing mental health policies.
Mental health goes beyond the absence of mental disorders. Mental health is an integral part and condition of good health. Promoting mental health and prevention of mental illness requires that we create the right environment and living conditions to support mental health. This will allow people to live healthy lives and promote mental health. This includes a variety of actions that increase the likelihood of people having better mental health.