There are many words and terms that are used when talking about mental health. In a series of articles across the coming weeks and months we are going to take a look at and explain what some of these mean in real life.

The first we’re going to take a look at is ‘wellbeing’.

What does wellbeing mean?

The phrase ‘wellbeing’ is used to describe ‘mental state’. This means how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life. Wellbeing can change over time whether that be a day, a week, a month or a year.

What can affect mental wellbeing?

There are many things that can affect our wellbeing including;
  • when we suffer a loss
  • experiencing loneliness or relationship problems
  • concerns about work or money
Sometimes the cause of why we are experiencing poor mental health has no clear reason. That being said there are some things that can make some people more vulnerable to experiencing a time of poor mental health these include experiencing:
  • 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 of friend
  • significant trauma as an adult, such as military combat, being involved in a serious accident or being the victim of violent crime

City and Hackney Mind work to empower people that experience mental health, through the delivery of innovative, collaboartive services to developing mental wellbeing, resilience and recovery.