Globally, one in four people will be affected by a mental health or neurological disorder at some point in their lives, according to the World Health Organization.
Why is mental health a public health issue?
Good mental health is essential for overall health and wellbeing. Poor mental health can lead to negative outcomes, such as reduced quality of life, increased risk of chronic disease, increased risk of suicide, as well as wider economic and social costs.
Factors, such as socioeconomic status and social support, can have a significant impact on our mental health.
A public health approach, however, can promote mental health and wellbeing through healthy behaviours and lifestyle choices and also address the social and environmental factors that may contribute to poor mental health outcomes.
If you are experiencing mental health issues, help, support, and information is available from a wide range of organisations.
- Ireland: This list from the Health Service Executive details support and information services.
- Northern Ireland: The Public Health Agency has developed a directory of mental health services on its Minding Your Head website.
- The Samaritans also provide confidential support 24 hours a day by calling 116 123 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org