Mental and emotional health problems

Learn more about the types of mental health problems or emotional wellbeing issues that you may experience at some point in your life.


Find out more about mental health problems at NHS Choices (opens in a new window).

Self-harm

Self-harm is when you hurt yourself as a way of dealing with very difficult feelings, painful memories or overwhelming situations and experiences.

After self-harming you may feel a short-term sense of release, but the cause of your distress is unlikely to have gone away. Self-harm can also bring up very difficult emotions and could make you feel worse.

Mind

Mind explains self-harm (opens in a new window), including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. It includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.

NHS Choices

Get help for self harm from NHS Choices (opens in a new window).

Harmless

Harmless (opens in a new window) is a voluntary organisation for people who self harm, their friends, families, You can find help, advice and support on their webpages here

selfharm UK

selfharm UK (opens in a new window) is a project dedicated to supporting young people impacted by self-harm, providing a safe space to talk, ask any questions and be honest about what's going on in your life.

Depression

Depression is a low mood that lasts for a long time, and affects your everyday life.

In its mildest form, depression can mean just being in low spirits. It doesn't stop you leading your normal life but makes everything harder to do and seem less worthwhile.

At its most severe, depression can be life-threatening because it can make you feel suicidal or simply give up the will to live.

Mind

Mind explains depression (opens in a new window), including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.

OCD

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder. It has two main parts obsessions and compulsions.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder suffers may have obsessions about something, followed by repetitive compulsions or urges to do something.

Mind

Mind explains what obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) (opens in a new window) is, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.

Anxiety

Anxiety is the feeling of fear or panic. Most people feel anxious, panicky or fearful about situations in life, such as money problems, relationship problems or work issues.

Symptoms of anxiety include feeling frightened, nervous or panicky all the time. You may also feel down or depressed and have difficulties sleeping and eating, be unable to concentrate on things and feel tired and irritable.

Mind

Mind explains anxiety and panic attacks (opens in a new window), including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.

Anxiety UK

Anxiety UK (opens in a new window) is a national registered charity formed in 1970, by someone living with agoraphobia, for those affected by anxiety, stress and anxiety based depression.

Eating disorders

Controlling your eating and body shape might be a way of coping with painful and difficult feelings such as anger, sadness, guilt, loss or fear.

A person with an eating disorder may focus excessively on their weight and shape, leading them to make unhealthy choices about food with damaging results to their health.

Eating disorders can include anorexia, bulimia or binge eating.

First Steps

First Steps (opens in a new window) is a Derbyshire wide eating disorders charity. They support people all over Derbyshire and the surrounding areas who are affected by eating difficulties and disorders; this includes parents, partners and families.

Many of the staff and volunteers have had personal experience of an eating disorder either as a sufferer or as a loved one.

Mind

Mind explains eating problems (opens in a new window), including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.

Be Real

Be Real (opens in a new window) is campaigning to change attitudes to body image and help all of us put health above appearance and be confident in our bodies.

Beat

Beat (opens in a new window) is the UK's eating disorder charity. Their vision is an end to the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders.

NHS Choices

NHS Choices has information about eating disorders (opens in a new window).

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD can follow on from physical or sexual abuse, witnessing something extremely frightening or traumatising, being the victim of violence or severe bullying or surviving a disaster.

You keep remembering the traumatic event and get flashbacks or nightmares and keep reliving the event.

You are scared to relive the event or think about it and so you keep yourself really busy to keep your mind occupied. You may keep busy and avoid anything that reminds you of the event.

You may feel anxious all the time and unable to relax, for fear that the traumatic event will happen again.

Mind

Mind explains what post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex PTSD are (opens in a new window), and provides information on how you can access treatment and support. Includes self-care tips and guidance for friends and family.