Mental health problems can affect anyone, rich or poor, young or old, destroying the lives of those affected and the lives of the people close to them. There needn’t be a particular reason, such as death, divorce or debt for people to experience mental health problems. One in four of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our lives. Each year more than 250,000 people are admitted to psychiatric hospitals and over 4,000 people take their own lives.

Early intervention and information are crucial in enabling those affected by mental health problems to recover quickly and – critically – in preventing further episodes.
Too often the stigma that surrounds mental health, and a lack of accurate information surrounding mental health conditions prevents people from seeking and finding appropriate and vital help when it is required.

A range of different treatment options are available, and their appropriateness varies from person to person. They can include prescribed medication, talking therapies (such as cognitive behavioural therapy) and alternative therapies. Diet and exercise have been found to be impact on mood management.

Further information about mental health in general, and specific conditions such as depression, is available from a number of mental health organisations including Mind and Rethink. A more comprehensive list of sources of help is provided here.