EmotionalSkills: How Good Is Your Mental Health?

Psychotherapist, Deanna Joyce, looks at the growing problem of psychological tension.

Today’s busy, ever changing, world is a breeding ground for psychological tension. Most people know someone who has been troubled in this way or they suffer themselves. Some interesting facts:

• Both men and women, between the ages of 55 and 64, have a noticeable increase in common mental health complications.

• Women aged between 16 and 24 are almost three times as likely (at 26%) to experience psychological tensions as their male contemporaries (9%).

• Young women have higher rates of self-harm, bipolar type complaints and post-traumatic stress issues (1).

• Young men are likely to commit suicide without talking to others… three times as many men take their own lives.

• It takes the average person with psychological issues ten years to seek help.

• 74% of people have at some point felt so stressed that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope (2).

• 60% of young people aged 18-24 have felt high levels of stress because of pressure to succeed (2).

• 32% of adults say they have experienced suicidal feelings as a result of stress (2).

Around a third of all people with a mental health problem have sought no professional help at all. This could be because of the stigma attached to mental ill health. It may be that people don’t know where to look for help.

My advice is to be brave and talk to your GP, a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist. People can change and the sooner the change starts the better.

If you’re struggling with emotional issues, email info@emotionalskills.uk. Visit www.emotionalskills.uk

(1) – Jenny Edwards CBE Mental Health Foundation
(2) – https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/stress-are-we-coping