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What affects Mental Health?

It’s important to note that our mental health will change on a day-to-day basis and that this is normal. There are lots of things that can influence our mental health. For Armed Forces young people and children, this could include;

  • Moving house
  • Parent’s deployment
  • Exam stress
  • Home life
  • Friendships
  • Meeting new people
  • School work

We will all react to these life events differently, and the way you react will be different to how your friends or siblings will react.

We will all experience highs and lows throughout our lives. Below shows a ‘typical’ mood graph for someone who is not experiencing mental illness. Notice how there are both highs, lows and periods of calm. This person may have been experiencing low mood because of exam stress or because they’ve had an argument with their friend.

Now that we know what mental health is, when should we be worried about our mental health? Beside the ‘typical’ mood graph is somebody who has been going through a difficult time and may be struggling with their mental health.

Notice here that this person seems to be feeling ‘low’ for longer. If you recognise yourself feeling like this, you can speak to your GP or someone within your wellbeing network.

What is mental health to Armed Forces young people?

“I feel the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, from serving personnel and veterans of the Armed Forces, is something often overlooked and has only recently received acknowledgement.”

“Mental and Emotional health is an issue that is very important to me [as it has] affected me before negatively and positively [as well as] people around me that I care about.”

Young people associate mental health with:

  • ‘keeping yourself well’
  • ‘positive mindset’
  • ‘how the mind is working, if it’s playing tricks’

Armed Forces young people involved in the Your Mind Matters project told us that they want mental health and wellbeing information and support, to:

  • Support others
  • Help people that can’t access mental health and wellbeing groups
  • Experience mental health improvement
  • Share opinions and suggestions to create a better experience for military kids

Get Help now

If you are concerned about your mental health, or if you have found yourself feeling concerned about someone else, you can:

Call 111 – NHS 24

Call 116 123 – The Samaritans

Call 0800 83 85 87 – Breathing Space

Text: ‘YM’ to 85258 – Young Minds crisis chat

If you think you are in danger of hurting yourself or other people, you should call 999 or present to your local A&E department.