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Mental health is about how we feel, think and behave in the world. Like our physical health, our mental health can vary, depending on what is happening in our lives, our ability to cope and how we are looking after ourselves throughout our adult lives.
This article has been researched and presented by Katie Doolan.
Biography; Katie Doolan is a 17 year old pupil In St. Brigids, Presentation Secondary School in Killarney and she wrote this in the hopes of educating young people on the importance of mental health.
Introduction: Reaching out and asking for help when you’re not feeling good is often a scary and daunting thought. These are some great websites and resources to go to if you feel you need it. They are judgement free and here to help.
Jigsaw Kerry: Jigsaw is a free, non- judgemental and confidential mental health support and counselling organisation for young people aged 12-25. They are based in Tralee in Kerry and have centres all around the country. They do face to face counselling, and you can also talk online with them if you would prefer. Jigsaw aims to have an Ireland where every young person’s mental health is valued and supported. To book an appointment or to find more information go to https://jigsaw.ie
Spunout.ie: Spunout.ie is a mental health information website made by young people for young people. It is a website that offers information to young people about mental health and how to keep good wellbeing. It is an easy access website if you are wanting to learn more about how to have a good mental health. For more information go to https://spunout.ie
Bodywhys: Bodywhys is an eating disorder association that aims to help people struggling with an eating disorder or body image troubles. It is a website that you can go to for information if you or someone you care about is struggling with an eating disorder. They give great information on how to help yourself or others and they also have a hotline you can call for someone to talk to. For more information go to https://www.bodywhys.ie
Childline: Childline is a service for young people aged 18 and under. They are an organisation committed to being there for every young person and giving advice about a wide range of topics that may be upsetting you. They have a number you can call or text at any time and they have very useful articles that are easy to understand and access. It is a very child friendly website. For more information go to https://www.childline.ie
HSE 50808 Hotline: The 50808 Hotline is a number you can text at any time if you need someone to talk to. It is completely anonymous and free of charge. You only have to give as much information as you are comfortable with. You will have a trained volunteer texting you at whatever time of day suits you and there are no commitments. It is very useful if a face to face meeting or phone call is too daunting for you. For more information go to https://text50808.ie
Information on Mental Illnesses’ / Disorders
Depression: One of the most common mental illnesses’(HSE). Its primary symptoms include:
Anxiety: Another very common mental illness. Anxiety as an emotion is our body’s very natural response to stress. But when these feelings seem constant and overwhelming, it may mean you have an anxiety disorder. An anxiety disorders main symptoms include:
Eating disorders: An eating disorder is an illness that effects a person’s body image and self-confidence. There are many different types of eating disorders and sadly because of social media and the unrealistic beauty standard it is constantly reinforcing, eating disorders are more common than ever. The three most common disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder
For more information on any kind of eating disorders go to https://www.bodywhys.ie
OCD: OCD stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) ‘Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic, and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and/or behaviours (compulsions) that they feel the urge to repeat over and over.’
Some examples of possible obsessions could be; Fear of germs or uncleanliness, Unwanted thoughts about ‘taboo’ subjects such as religion, sex or harm, Wanting things to be in order or symmetrical. These obsessions cause compulsions such as; Excessive cleaning of yourself or the space around you, Arranging things in a specific way or Constantly checking on things such as eg. The oven to see if its on. Having rituals or habits doesn’t mean you have OCD, as the difference is people with OCD cant control the thoughts or behaviour and do them to get momentary relief from the obsession. For more info on OCD please visit https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd#:~:text=Obsessive%2DCompulsive%20Disorder%20(OCD),to%20repeat%20over%20and%20over.
ADHD: ADHD Ireland states the ADHD stands for for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is a neurological disorder that impacts the parts of the brain that help us plan, focus on, and execute tasks. ADHD impacts approximately 5% of the population in Ireland. ADHD is a developmental impairment of the brain’s executive functions. People with ADHD have trouble with impulse-control, focusing, and organisation. Its main symptoms are
For more info on ADHD visit https://adhdireland.ie/for-young-people
ASD ( Autism ) : ASD stands for Autism Spectrum Disorder. The NIMH states ‘Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior.’
Autism is a very wide spectrum and can show itself in many different ways. The main symptoms that can show in varying severity levels are;
Autism is a very complex disorder. For more info go to https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/autism-spectrum-disorders-asd#:~:text=Autism%20spectrum%20disorder%20(ASD)%20is,first%20two%20years%20of%20life.
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