Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It effects how we think, feel and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress related to others and make healthy choices.

Mental health is important at every stage of line from childhood and throughout adulthood. According to the (WHO) The World Health organisation conceptualizes mental health as a “state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with normal stresses of life and can work productively and fruitfully to make a contribution to his or her community.

Talking openly about mental health can reduce the misconceptions and sigma and encourage those who are suffering to seek help and find a support network. Working in care is important to understand the impact that mental health has on a daily life.

The main issue in mental health is a nervous break, here are a few examples of having this

What is a nervous breakdown?

Everybody experiences stress and anxiety when they feel under pressure, though usually at levels that are manageable. When stress and feelings of worry or anxiety are there all time and build up to a level that are manageable. When stress and feelings of worry or anxiety are there all the time and build up to a level that has an impact on a person’s daily life, they may be described as having a nervous breakdown.

‘Nervous breakdown’ is not a medical term or a mental health diagnosis, since it does not describe a specific condition. It’s a term that is sometimes used conversationally to describe someone who is obviously not coping with stress, worry or anxiety, or who is being overwhelmed by mental health.


There are many different signs that indicate a person may be experiencing a nervous breakdown. It’s important to get professional help quickly after the symptoms appear. Some signs relate to a person’s mental state and how they are feeling, or charges in personality. However, physical symptoms are also common. Signs vary from person to person and can depend upon the underlying cause.

People who feel they are having a nervous breakdown can:

  • Have anxiety that they can’t manage
  • Feel isolated– disinterested in company of family and friends, or withdrawing from usual daily activities.
  • Be moody-feeling low or depression: feeling burnt out: emotional outbursts of uncontrollable anger, fear, helplessness or crying
  • Feel overwhelmed– unable to concentrate or make decisions
  • Feel depersonalised– not feeling like themselves or feeling detached from situations
  • Be delusional-not be able to distinguish what’s real from what’s imagined
  • Have thoughts of self-harm– if you have thoughts of self-harm, get professional help immediately

How is nervous breakdown treated?

Following a nervous breakdown treatment may include medicines and therapy, depending on the situation, the diagnosis and the person’s wishes.

Medicines may help treat an under lying mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety.

Therapy may include counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) a type of talking therapy that ais to break the habit of negative thinking.

This can be done by support workers or anyone who’s caring for the person suffering with nervous breakdown by referring you to the best health profession.

Resources and support

If you need help, talking to your doctor is a good place to start.

If you’d like to find out more or talk to someone else here are some organisations that can help:

  • SANE line services: Open every day of the year from 4pm to 10pm on 0300 304 7000
  • To talk about anything: 24 hours a day 365 days a year you can call 116 123
  • If you would prefer not to talk but want some mental health support, you could text SHOUT to 85258. Shout offers a confidential 24/7 text service proving support and immediate help
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