Mental ill health is one of the four project criteria for Opportunity Nottingham.

We offer mental health help and support through working with other services in Nottingham City.

Mental health problems affect the way you think, feel and behave. Everyone has mental health experiences linked to emotions, stress, anxiety and low mood. However, problems can occur when these experiences significantly interfere with every-day life and last for more than a few weeks.

Approximately one in four people in Britain will experience a mental health problem at some point and require mental health help and support as a result of this. Stress, depression and anxiety are more commonly experienced whilst conditions such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are less common. Eating disorders, phobias and obsessive compulsive behaviours are all classed as mental health disorders.

Mental ill health can cause a wide range of symptoms including panic attacks, nausea, shaking, difficulty breathing and chest pains. More severe symptoms can include hallucinations and delusions.

Anyone can suffer from mental ill health and require mental health help, and there will usually be a number of contributing factors. These can range from childhood abuse to the death of a loved one, and long-term health conditions to social isolation.

Homelessness, domestic abuse, alcohol and drugs can all cause a person to seek mental health help. A dependency on alcohol and drugs can lead to financial problems, relationship problems, low self-esteem and poor physical health, which will ultimately contribute to poor mental health.

Treatments can vary depending on the type of mental health help and support required. In some cases medication such as antidepressants will be prescribed, but these will usually be taken in combination with other types of treatment including therapy. Peer support can also be very helpful, and involves be-friending, self-help groups and mentoring.