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What is mental health?

Mental health is about our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing and it affects how we think, feel and act. It also affects how we handle stress, make choices, and relate to other people.


A GP explains that doctors help patients worried about their mental and emotional health as well as their physical health.

Did you know that you can see the GP about mental health and emotional problems?

Vinay had no idea that you could speak to a GP about emotional and mental health issues. He found out when he went to uni.

Mental health problems can affect people at any age and can be diagnosed by a doctor. They’re not personal weaknesses, and can range from everyday worries to serious long-term conditions. Common mental health problems include depression, anxiety, and panic.


Less common are ‘psychotic’ symptoms that interfere with a person’s perception of reality, and may include hallucinations such as seeing, hearing, smelling or feeling things that no one else can. 

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