Understanding mental health

Dealing with a mental health condition can be a long and difficult journey, requiring understanding not only about the condition itself but also on what you can do to help yourself and others. Before starting your journey, why not complete our short wellbeing assessment which will provide you with a personalised wellbeing rating based on your responses, and will assist you in identifying the help that might be available to support your mental wellbeing.

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Mental health | Maternal mental health | Low mood | Depression | Anxiety | Borderline personality disorder | Other conditions

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Maternal mental health

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    Perinatal depression

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    Pregnancy can be an exciting and happy time but for some women, perinatal depression can make the experience very challenging. Affecting up to 20% of expectant mums, this form of depression is serious and debilitating but help is available.

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    Postnatal depression

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    Welcoming a new baby can be one of the most exciting times in a person’s life but for some women, struggling with their mental health can mean that it’s not as enjoyable as it could be. Postnatal depression affects about 10% of new mums and it’s important to know where to get help if you’re affected.

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    The baby blues

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    About 80% of new mums experience the baby blues. While it’s a difficult experience, symptoms tend to lift within 14 days of giving birth. Learn what signs to look out for.

Low mood

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    Understanding low mood

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    Feeling low from time to time is a part of life, and we’ve all experienced periods of sadness, upset, and disappointment at some point in our lives. Low mood can be distressing, but there are things we can all do to recover and return to our usual routines.

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    Your wellbeing assessment

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    Complete our short wellbeing assessment which will provide you with a personalised wellbeing rating based on your responses and will assist you in identifying the help that might be available to support your mental wellbeing.

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    Low mood

    Source: Turning Point

    Looking after your health and wellbeing is about looking after the whole of you. We are working with Turning Point to offer access to online information and advice along with evidence-based structured interventions on a range of wellbeing topics covering mind, body and behaviour.

Depression

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    How to manage depression

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    This article offers general information on depression and some of the ways you might choose to access support and manage your condition.

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    Learning to live with depression

    Jake, who is 31 and lives with depression, shares his insights into living with depression and how connecting to and opening up to a wide online community has helped him.

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    I had a black dog, his name was depression

    Millions of people around the world live with depression. In this short animated video and in collaboration with the World Health Organisation Matthew Johnstone tells the story of overcoming the “black dog of depression”.

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    Living with a black dog

    Millions of people around the world live with depression. Produced by writer and illustrator Matthew Johnstone in collaboration with WHO, this video is a guide for partners, carers and sufferers of depression.

  • Love Someone Who Has Depression? This is What You Need to Know.

    Loving and supporting someone with depression

    Julia Christina talks about loving someone with depression, and shares some meaningful insights and tips of what you can do to help and support them.

Anxiety

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    Managing anxiety in testing times

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    Over the last two years we have been living in a heightened state of worry. So it’s unsurprising that the thought of another global crisis is triggering feelings of uncertainty, fear and anxiety. If you are feeling anxious, we have collated some resources to support you.

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    Managing health anxiety

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    Health anxiety is an unfounded, sometimes all-consuming worry about having, or developing, a serious medical condition. Learn about managing health anxiety in these uncertain times.

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    How to manage anxiety

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    Anxiety is something we all experience from time to time. This article looks at the causes of anxiety and options for managing it.

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    Anxiety

    Source: Turning Point

    Looking after your health and wellbeing is about looking after the whole of you. We are working with Turning Point to offer access to online information and advice along with evidence-based structured interventions on a range of wellbeing topics covering mind, body and behaviour. 

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    How to cope with anxiety

    In her talk “How to cope with anxiety” Olivia Remes of the University of Cambridge shares her vision on anxiety and unravels ways to treat and manage this health disorder.

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    Dealing with anxiety at work

    In this video Noah Elkrief talks about what it is that creates our anxiety at work and how to deal with it.

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    Tips to combat anxiety in public speaking

    Getting nervous before and during a presentation is completely common, but you don’t have to let nerves effect your performance.

Borderline personality disorder

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    Understanding borderline personality disorder

    2020-08-18T10:26:00+01:00Exclusive content from the Retail Trust

    The term personality refers to patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. It’s believed that between 0.7% and 2% of the UK adult population meets the diagnostic criteria for borderline personality disorder. Find out more about the symptoms.

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    What causes borderline personality disorder?

    2020-08-18T10:26:00+01:00Exclusive content from the Retail Trust

    Like many mental health conditions it is thought that a number of factors play a part in borderline personality disorder (BPD). Learn how genes, biology and the environment can have an impact.

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    Treatments for borderline personality disorder

    2020-08-18T10:26:00+01:00Exclusive content from the Retail Trust

    As everyone is different, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating borderline personality disorder. However, treatment usually involves some type of talking therapy and may also include medication depending on the severity of symptoms.

Other mental health conditions

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    Understanding personality disorders

    2022-05-03T12:18:00+01:00Exclusive content from the Retail Trust

    Our personality is made up of the way in which our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours work together to make us the unique people we are. But for some people, the way they think, feel, and behave cause significant barriers to wellbeing on a day-to-day basis. In such cases, a personality disorder may be diagnosed. The good news is that there is help available for people living with a personality disorder, and no one needs to suffer in silence.

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    Understanding bipolar disorder

    2020-07-16T09:53:00+01:00Exclusive content from the Retail Trust

    Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental health problem characterised by marked changes in mood, ranging from extreme highs (mania) to extreme lows (depression). It’s thought that between 1% and 2% of the UK adult population live with this condition.

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    Understanding post-traumatic stress disorder

    2019-10-22T13:36:00+01:00Exclusive content from the Retail Trust

    A traumatic event can cause anyone to feel anxious, scared and distressed. It’s estimated that one in three people who have been exposed to a traumatic event will go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or complex-post traumatic stress disorder (c-PTSD). 

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    Understanding psychosis

    2022-05-03T12:16:00+01:00Exclusive content from the Retail Trust

    There are many causes of psychosis, a state in which someone has difficulties determining what is real and what is not. Symptoms can include seeing things that are not there, or hearing voices when alone. Treatment depends on the root cause, but there is help available and recovery is possible with the right type of timely support.

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    Understanding obsessive compulsive disorder

    2020-03-04T12:40:00+00:00Exclusive content from the Retail Trust

    Obsessive compulsive disorder, often referred to as OCD, affects approximately 1% of people in the UK. Categorised as an anxiety disorder, OCD is often misunderstood. Learn more about the condition and the treatments available.

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    Understanding schizophrenia

    2020-07-21T11:21:00+01:00Exclusive content from the Retail Trust

    Schizophrenia is a severe long-term mental health condition affecting roughly 1% of people in the UK. Treatments are available but lifelong monitoring is required to offer the best chance of returning to a life of quality.

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    Understanding body dysmorphia

    2022-05-03T12:13:00+01:00Exclusive content from the Retail Trust

    Body dysmorphia is a mental health condition in which a person perceives their body to appear very differently than it does in reality. It’s much more than just being unhappy with the way that your body looks and it can cause serious problems for people in all areas of their lives. There is help and treatment available for people living with this condition, and no one needs to suffer in silence.

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    Understanding premenstrual dysphoric disorder

    2022-05-03T12:18:00+01:00Exclusive content from the Retail Trust

    Many women suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) around the time of their period, but others live with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a very severe form of PMS. PMDD can make life extremely emotionally and physically difficult every month during the week or two before their menstrual cycle. Sometimes referred to as ’severe PMS’, there is help available for women who are suffering in silence.

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    Understanding panic attacks

    2020-05-27T11:51:00+01:00Exclusive content from the Retail Trust

    Although panic attacks themselves aren’t life-threatening, they are very scary and can have a significant effect on quality of life. Getting support is important because treatments are available and can really help.

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    Understanding panic disorder

    2020-05-27T11:49:00+01:00Exclusive content from the Retail Trust

    Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder which affects about 2% of UK adults. It causes panic attacks, which are sudden feelings of terror when there is no real danger.

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    Understanding dissociative disorders

    2022-05-03T12:22:00+01:00Exclusive content from the Retail Trust

    Dissociative disorders belong to a range of mental health conditions that can cause serious physical and psychological difficulties. Although some dissociative disorders are very short-lived, perhaps following a traumatic life event, and resolve on their own over a matter of weeks or months, others can last much longer. Learn more about these disorders and how to access support if you’re affected.

  • Understanding seasonal affective disorder

    Understanding seasonal affective disorder

    2020-12-21T09:50:00+00:00Exclusive content from the Retail Trust

    As the nights draw in, we can all feel ourselves becoming tired, low, and frustrated. But for about 3% of the UK population, this time of the year can cause a type of depression known as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. This article explores the condition and treatments.

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    Understanding phobias

    2022-05-03T12:20:00+01:00Exclusive content from the Retail Trust

    A phobia is defined by a persistent and overwhelming fear of an object, place, animal, or situation. A phobia is much more than an aversion – at its most extreme, a phobia can cause people to go to great lengths to avoid the source; they may stop working, avoid socialising, or become unable to leave their home due to the anxiety they encounter. Many people feel shame about their phobia but there is no need – phobias are not as uncommon as you might think, and there is help out there to help you to get back to your usual self.

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    An A to Z of phobias

    2022-05-03T12:23:00+01:00Exclusive content from the Retail Trust

    The following is not an exhaustive list of phobias but represent some of the more common ones.

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