Why Mental Health Is Important! (for everyone)
For years people have been going to doctors to fix their physical health, forgetting that our mental health is just as important! Why? Well, it affects our lives in more ways than one and sometimes in unexpected ways. Mental ill health can come in many different guises from behavioural changes, emotional changes or even personality changes and it’s not just something that affects grown ups. One in ten children have a diagnosable mental health condition – that’s roughly three children in every classroom. It can be tough growing up.
Many thousands of young people go through periods of mental ill health and this is completely normal. For some, these will resolve with time, while others will need professional support.It can be difficult to know if there is something upsetting a child or young person, but there are ways to spot when something’s wrong. Look out for:
- significant changes in behaviour
- ongoing difficulty sleeping
- withdrawing from social situations
- not wanting to do things they usually like
- self-harm or neglecting themselves
Everyone feels low, angry or anxious at times. But when these changes last for a long time or are significantly affecting them, it might be time to consider getting professional help. There are a whole array of incredible resources out there. Here are just a few:
It’s important to make sure you look after your own mental well-being too, as this will not only help you support yourself but also those you care about.
Parenting or caring for a child or young person can be tough. Try to recognise and acknowledge when you’re feeling low or overwhelmed. Struggling with something or experiencing your own mental health problems does not make you a bad parent or carer.
At GetSetGo! we are passionate about both physical and mental wellbeing. Research shows that physical activity has a huge potential to enhance our wellbeing. Even a short burst of 10 minutes’ brisk walking increases our mental alertness, energy and positive mood. Participation in regular physical activity can increase our self-esteem and can reduce stress and anxiety. It also plays a role in preventing the development of mental health problems and in improving the quality of life of people experiencing mental health problems.
At GetSetGo! we have something for everyone from so why not come and join us and explore the classes we offer, where you can take time for you, time for them and time together!