2.1 The impact of mental health
As previously indicated a mental health problem can show itself in different ways and usually interferes with some aspect of everyday living. The Mental Health Foundation says:
Good mental health is characterised by a person’s ability to fulﬁl a number of key functions and activities, including:
- the ability to learn
- the ability to feel, express and manage a range of positive and negative emotions
- the ability to form and maintain good relationships with others
- the ability to cope with and manage change and uncertainty.
Now work your way through Activity 4.
Activity 4: The impact of mental health problems
The ability to learn
The ability to feel, express and manage a range of positive and negative emotions
The ability to form and maintain good relationships with others
The ability to cope with and manage change and uncertainty
The correct answers are a, b, c and d.
Did you tick one or more of them? It is important to note that a person who is struggling in any of these areas does not necessarily have a mental health problem. These kinds of difficulty are warning signs though, and you will find out more about warning signs in Session 2.
Now watch this short clip in which John Goss, a counsellor who works with the youth counselling service YIS, describes what he experiences with young people who come to see him. Make a note of the two ways in which he describes how they might present with issues.
Transcript: Video 1: John Goss and experiences with young people.
John mentioned that young people who present with depression can start to withdraw from friends and are less motivated. Some young people experience compulsions to behave in particular ways that are driven by anxiety. You will recall in the opening interview where a parent describes how they initially become concerned about their child when they withdraw from their friends and socialising and then began to show signs of compulsive behaviours.