Some people feel embarrassed or ashamed of having mental health problems. But mental health is just as likely to go wrong as physical health. And we all get sick sometimes.
At any given time, approximately 10% of teenagers will have some kind of mental health issue.
Some will be ongoing, long term problems, and some will be short term problems that can be solved more easily.
Just as you would go and talk to a doctor or nurse about a physical health problem, you should go and talk to a doctor or nurse if you’re worried that you might have a problem with your mental health.
Mental health problems could be things like:
- eating disorders
- anger or other emotions you can’t control
If you’re not sure whether you’ve got a problem, you should see a medical professional. Your doctor won’t mind if you go to see them and it turns out there’s nothing wrong with you!
But mental health issues can be more complicated to deal with than some physical health problems. So over the next 2 weeks on the Well, we’re going to think about how Christians should respond to mental health problems.