Part 1

Mental health awareness week is a great reminder to make sure we’re looking out for our mental wellness. Taking care of our mental health is as important as taking care of our physical health, and when one is suffering, the other usually is too.

Mental health includes all aspects of our psychological, emotional, and social well-being. It has an immense impact on how we feel and behave, and when we’re struggling with our mental health, daily life and simple tasks can seem incredibly difficult.

Signs that your mental health is suffering include: 


  • Feelings of sadness or depression 
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Tiredness or low energy
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • An inability to concentrate
  • Changes in sex drive 
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings

These emotional and psychological effects of mental health struggles can manifest physically. You may experience digestive issues or headaches, and sleeping and eating habits may be affected. For example, you may feel incredibly tired during the day but then find yourself unable to sleep at night. 

Additionally, mental health struggles can lead to a change in our social behaviour. You may have intense feelings of loneliness, but find yourself withdrawing from social situations you previously enjoyed.

If you are struggling with your mental health, know that you’re not alone. There are many organisations available to help and it is important to allow yourself to seek support if you feel you need it. You can visit your local doctor or call an organisation such as the Samaritans. It is essential to seek emergency professional help or call 999 if at any time you are feeling suicidal or having thoughts of harming yourself.