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Health And Wellbeing - Mental Health

Mental health is “how a person thinks, feels or acts when faced with life’s situations.”
Difficulties which can affect positive mental health include

  • Stress
  • Anxiety/panic disorders
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder  

 

Stress

Anxiety/panic disorders

Depression

Bipolar disorder

Symptoms

Increased heart rate

Palpitations

Feeling of sadness/hopelessness

Mood swings – high/low/mixed

 

Fatigue/tiredness

Rapid breathing

Difficulty with daily activities

Low – intense depression/despair

 

Loss of sleep

Feeling of panic

Difficulty concentrating

High – feeling of elation

 

Sickness

Sweating

Changes in sleeping

Low – symptoms include those listed under depression

 

Feeling faint

Excessive or undue worrying

Changes in eating patterns

Elation – impaired judgement, too much energy, too little sleep, irritability

 

Raised blood pressure

Disturbed sleep

Loss of interest in activities which one you loved

 

 

Migraine/headaches

Tense muscles

 

 

 

Reduced concentration

Morbid thoughts and fear of going mad

 

 

Taking Care of Mental Health

Everyone needs a certain amount of pressure to motivate us to do our job well but when the pressure starts to become excessive we may feel we cannot cope. 

To ensure that one maintains positive mental health and wellbeing, one should –

  • Manage your workload
  • Set priorities and develop clear, achievable goals
  • Manage your time
  • Define problems precisely
  • Develop good communication with colleagues
  • Recognise your own value and worth
  • Take regular breaks
  • Ask for advice
  • Provide good working conditions
  • Ensure regular appraisal on performance

General Information

  • St. Angela’s College’s mental health policy is accessible on the College portal.
  • Don’t worry – recognising that you may be vulnerable to mental health issues is always the first step.  It is essential to be proactive and nip any issues in the bud as early as they arrive! 
  • If you or someone close to you is dealing with a mental illness, it is important to ensure that they realise that they do not have to deal with it alone.
  • Keeping yourself informed and visiting websites which will provide information on hope to cope with mental health difficulties is very important.
  • Some helpful websites are –

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