We have all experienced moodiness, felt anxious, been sad or just straight out irritable!
It is when these feelings, thoughts and behaviours start interfering with a person's ability to function well, that they start being a characteristic of a mental illness.
A mental illness can effect your home life, your ability to perform at work or school, and your social life.
One in six New Zealand adults will be diagnosed with a common mental disorder at some time in their lives. The diagnosis is 1.6x more likely to occur in women. The most common types of mental illness are:
As a group, mental health disorders are in the top three causes of health loss for us Kiwis. There is no single cause for these illnesses, they are a result of a group of environmental, psychological and genetic factors.
Good mental health enables us to enjoy and appreciate other people, our day to day lives and our environment. It creates a sense of wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem. We are able to form positive relationships, reach our potential and deal with all of those little everyday challenges and so if you feel like you may have some form of mental illness it is vital you don't try and deal with it alone!
Talk to someone you trust, talk to a health professional and check out some of the links on this page. It is not easy to face up to the thought that you may have a mental health condition, but it is important to understand how serious it could be, and to find a way to deal with it!
Strategies for Positive Mental Health are:
Talk about and express your feelings
Eat healthy foods
Get enough sleep
Be realistic with your goals
Spend time with your friends and loved ones
Relax! enjoy your hobbies, and try new ones!
Talk to your GP or Health Professional
If you or someone you love are feeling desperate, get help NOW!
Phone NZ Emergency Psychiatric Services
(EPS) on 0800 443 366 (option 2)
111 Police (NZ Emergency Response)