Supporting your own mental health and wellbeing
Mental health is not merely the absence of mental illness.
- We require to have positive mental wellbeing to give us the skills to manage life’s ups and downs.
- Mental health is affected by virtually everything we experience in our life.
Experiences which may impact on our wellbeing
- An individual experience e.g. bereavement or relationship breakdown.
- An organisational experience such as closure of a workplace.
- A national political experience e.g. the current economic climate.
All of these levels can have either a positive or negative on our ability to cope. Some things, we as individuals have little control over.
Steps we can take to improve our wellbeing
There are a number of ways you can support your own health and wellbeing.
- Ideas for steps to improve your mental health can be found at the Centre for Mental Health website
- If you are experiencing stress, Steps for Stress contains helpful tips to help you cope. It also has relaxation exercises to help reduce stress.
- Information about mental wellbeing is also available from NHS Scotland and NHS Choices
Mental health in the workplace
- Evidence shows that work is good for mental health and lack of employment has a negative effect on our wellbeing.
- It is important that work does not have a negative impact on how we feel.
- The Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives has information and training available to help support mental health in the workplace.
- Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) provides ideas about reasonable adjustments in the workplace.