Causes of mental health problems
A number of overlapping factors may increase your risk of developing a mental health problem. These can include:
- Early life experiences: abuse, neglect, or the loss of someone close to you
- Individual factors: level of self-esteem, coping skills and thinking styles
- Current circumstances: stress at school or work, money problems, difficult personal relationships, or problems within your family
- Biological factors: family history of mental health problems
Looking after your mental health
There are a number of things you can do to look after and maintain your mental health and wellbeing. For example, many people cope with stress by getting involved with sports, exercising, meditating, or practising yoga or relaxation techniques. Others express themselves through art, such as poetry, writing or music. What you eat might also affect your mood – a well-balanced diet will help keep you both physically and mentally healthy.
For more tips on looking after your mental health visit our Tips for a healthy headspace.
If you are concerned about your own or a friend’s mental health and wellbeing, headspace is a great place to go for help. Getting support can help you keep on track at school, study or work, and in your personal and family relationships. The sooner you get help the sooner things can begin to improve for you.
headspace is for young people aged 12-25 and can help you or a friend with mental health and wellbeing, general health, alcohol and other drug services, and issues at work, school and study.
Mental health and you