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How does mental health fit in?

Mental health is a component of your overall health, just like physical health. Sometimes it can cause problems.

Difficulty living with your emotions

Everybody feels sad or irritable sometimes, but when these emotions are so strong that you find them hard to live with at school or at home, you may have a mental health issue. And that can prevent you from functioning normally.

Weakness has nothing to do with it

Mental health problems affect around 20% of the population. Several different mental health problems may appear in adolescence. They can affect absolutely anyone, at absolutely any point in their life. Even though there are lots of taboos concerning mental health problems, they’re not due to “weakness” and you shouldn’t feel ashamed.

What kinds of mental health problems are there?

There are a variety of mental health problems:

Why do they appear?

The causes are varied and complicated: mental health problems can be associated with biological factors (hereditary), psychological factors, or life experiences (traumatic experience, drug use, etc.).

How do they appear?

Mental health problems may take the form of changes in the person’s ways of thinking, moods, or behaviours over a long period of time. They prevent the person from living up to their full potential and performing tasks they were able to do before.

Just like going to the doctor or the dentist, you should never hesitate to consult a mental health professional if you need to.

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