What is mental health?

Mental health is something that we all have. Some people call mental health ’emotional health’ or ‘well being’ and it’s just as important as good physical health.

According to the Mental Health Foundation (one of our funders):

Being mentally healthy doesn’t just mean that you don’t have mental health problems

If you’re in good mental health you can:

  • Make the most of your potential
  • Cope with life
  • Play a full part in your family, workplace, community and among friends

Mental health is everyone’s business. We all have times when we feel down or stressed and frightened. Most of the time those feelings pass. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us.

Everyone is different. You may bounce back from a setback while someone else may feel weighed down by it forĀ a long time. It’s important to remember that your mental health doesn’t always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages of your life.

Unfortunately, there is still a stigma attached to mental health problems. This means that people feel uncomfortable about them and don’t talk about them much. Many people don’t even feel comfortable talking about their feelings. But it’s healthy to know and say how you’re feeling.

We are working with young people to help them start to think about their emotional well being and to begin to talk about mental health and how they feel. Our activities are also aimed at helping to improve young peoples self esteem, confidence and resilience.


Resilience is our ability to cope with life’s problems and setbacks and tackle them head on. If we have good resilience we are more able to quickly bounce back from difficult times. For those of us who lack resilience, life’s problems can sometimes become overwhelming and leave us feeling distressed and unable to cope. The good news is that we can all learn new skills to become more resilient. The activities we run are aimed at helping you to develop better resilience. We have lots of top tips to help you look after your mental health and emotional well being.