What is mental health?

Everybody has mental health and we need to take care of it so that we can think, feel and react in ways that we need and want in our lives.

One in four of us will experience a mental health issue every year.

Experiencing a period of poor mental health might mean your thoughts, feelings or reactions become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with.

Guide to local support

Mental health is…

…important
…something everyone has
…linked to (and probably inseparable from) physical health
…worth making time for
…part of being human
…something we need to look after
…positive and negative
…changeable
…complex
…real

Mental health isn’t…

…a sign of weakness
…shameful
…all in your mind
…always something negative
…something you decide to have
…something to think about only when it feels broken
…an interchangeable term with mental illness
…feeling good all the time
…something you can snap out of
…fixed

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. For example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam, or having a vaccine or job interview.

Anxiety is what and how we feel when we are worried, tense or afraid – particularly about things that are about to happen, or which we think could happen in the future.

Occasional anxiety is a totally normal human experience. But if your feelings of anxiety are very strong, or last for a long time, they can be overwhelming and affect your day to day life. You might also experience physical symptoms such as sleep problems and panic attacks.

There are many places locally where you can find information and support with anxiety. Below are links to where you can find more information and support to help you or someone you care about with anxiety.

RotherHive

RotherHive provides a range of verified practical mental health and wellbeing information, support and advice for adults in Rotherham

Every Mind Matters

Expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing

With Me In Mind

Information and support if there are concerns relating to the emotional and mental wellbeing of a young person