Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected.
Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors. Many people have mental health concerns from time to time.

5 Warning Signs of Mental Health Risk
· A Change in Personality. If someone is acting like a very different person, or not acting or feeling like themselves, this is a warning sign
· Uncharacteristic Anxiety, Anger, or Moodiness
· Social Withdrawal and Isolation
· Lack of Self-Care or Risky Behaviors
· A Sense of Hopelessness or Feeling Overwhelmed
What causes someone to be mentally ill?
Although the exact cause of most mental illnesses is not known, it is becoming clear through research that many of these conditions are caused by a combination of biological, psychological, and environmental factors.
What are the five signs of emotional suffering?
Know the Five Signs that may mean someone is in emotional pain and might need help:
· Personality Change
· Agitated
· Withdrawal
· Poor Self-Care
· Hopelessness

Mrs Peters and Miss Potter are the Mental Health leads at Ilminster Avenue E-ACT Academy they are working towards the award with Bristol Healthy Schools to obtain The Lord Mayors Badge for Mental Health & Wellbeing in our school. Many of the staff at Ilminster Avenue E-ACT Academy are Mental Health First Aiders, the rest of our staff will be trained this year.

If you have any concerns about a child or yourself, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Peters or Miss Potter who will be happy to help.

Why not take a short survey to about your Mental Health. Follow the link below. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/your-mental-health/good-mental-health-survey

The Website for Mental Health England is https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk. There are lots of useful links and tips on this website.

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