The term mental health (or ill-health) covers a huge range of different diagnoses from generalised depression and anxiety through to more specific conditions like personality disorders or schizophrenia.
The diagnosis of a mental health problem can often come with feelings of shame or fear. This is usually driven by a lack of understanding and the stigma that surrounds the label of having a mental health condition.

However, it is important to note that mental health conditions are much more common than we might think. In fact, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime. Mental health really can affect anyone at any time, with or without a known cause.
All mental health conditions stem from the normal feelings and emotions experienced by everyone. The diagnosis of a mental health problem often happens when these emotions are grouped together or heightened to the point at which it affects your daily life.

Look under the Mental Health menu in the side bar to link to pages containing basic information regarding some of the different mental health conditions. It is important to note that we are not mental health professionals. However, at Pathfinders, we do believe that lived experience of mental health provides us with a great deal of insight into the difficulties faced by someone experiencing a mental health problem. The information provided should be used as a guide only.


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