Frequently Asked Questions about Mental health

What is Mental Health?

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. How we think, feel, and act is influenced by our mental health. It also helps determine how we make choices, handle stress and relate to others. It is important to give attention to our mental health at every stage of life.

What causes mental health problems?

Mental health issues can be caused from biological, psychological and social issues. It can be a reaction from our genetic factors, biochemical imbalances in our body and environmental stressors or be combined.

How can I know if I'm not keeping well?

If you are having long periods of sadness, extreme high and low moods, excessive and unreasonable fear or worry about something, unable to maintain social interaction with people, drastic changes in eating or sleeping habits are some signs of not keeping well mentally. If you cannot function normally or make decisions and it disrupts your personal, social and/or work life, chances are you are not keeping well.

Can mental health problems be treated?

Mental health problems can be treated by evaluating it on a biopsychosocial perspective. Mental health issues are influenced by biological, psychological and social factors. So it can be treated with medicine, psychotherapy and/or psychosocial based interventions.

What are the different types of mental health professionals?

In a clinial setting, a psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, psychiatric social worker and psychiatric nurse are the mental health professionals present. In a non clinical setting, there are counselors and counseling psychologists who function as mental health professionals too.

Can I prevent mental health problems?

We should understand that anyone can suffer from a mental health issue. To prevent it, we should develop our well-being, learn good coping skills to develop resilience towards stress and seek help early when any mental health issue becomes serious.

What can I do if I am worried about myself, friend or relative?

Talk to someone you trust. This can be a family member, friend or a health professional. Also, try to identify what you are experiencing so it may help you decide on what help you need. If you're worried for a relative or friend, based on your relationship with them, ask them gently about their well-being and encourage them to seek appropriate support.