What can affect my mental wellbeing?

We all have times when we have low mental wellbeing – when we feel sad or stressed, or find it difficult to cope. For example, when we suffer some sort of loss; experience loneliness or relationships problems; or are worried about work or money. Sometimes, there is no clear reason why we experience a period of poor mental health.

However, there are some factors that may make someone more vulnerable to experiencing a period of poor mental health.

For example, if you experience:

  • Childhood abuse, trauma, violence or neglect
  • Social isolation, loneliness or discrimination
  • Homelessness or poor housing
  • A long-term physical health condition
  • Social disadvantage, poverty or debt
  • Unemployment
  • Caring for a family member or friend
  • Significant trauma as an adult, such as being involved in a serious accident or being the victim of a violent crime

Mental health problems and wellbeing

If you experience low mental wellbeing over a long period of time, you are more likely to develop a mental health problem.

If you already have a mental health problem (e.g. depression or anxiety), you are more likely to experience periods of low mental wellbeing than someone who has not. However, you can still have periods of good wellbeing, where you are able to manage your condition and your life without becoming unwell.

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