Mental health

What is mental illness?

A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts or puts a limit on your everyday cognitive, emotional or social life. ‘Cognitive’ means mental processes like memory, perception and thinking. Mental illnesses are sometimes called mental disorders or psychiatric disorders.

A mental illness can disrupt:

  • how you think;
  • how you feel;
  • your mood;
  • how you get on with other people.

Talk to someone as soon as you can if you feel or think you might have a mental health condition. Or watch a video of real people talking about their mental health.

Mental Health Foundation – how to talk to your GP about mental health

Royal College of Psychiatrist – mental health information in other languages

NHS – Mental Health video wall


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Option 1 Types of mental illness

Option 2 Treatments for mental health conditions

Option 3 Local treatment and support groups


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