Mental health is a key part of our overall well-being. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that there is no health without mental health. It is the source of our collective and individual ability as people to reach our full potential.
Mental health refers to the way in which we are aware of our own abilities and can cope relatively well with the ups and downs of life. Someone with good emotional well-being is capable of working productively and making a contribution to his or her community.
A range of factors can impact our emotional well-being. These include genetics, prolonged stress, physical illness and traumatic events. Environmental issues such as the economic, political and social climate can also have an impact.
Current figures suggest that one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. The most common types include depression and anxiety. Both can greatly affect things like work productivity, physical health and the wider economy.
Talking therapies such as psychotherapy and counselling are considered effective forms of mental health support. This page will explore mental health in more detail and will look into key mental health statistics. It will also cover how counselling can help.
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Last Modified: 11 July 2018