Mental Health and Wellbeing Zone

This zone can help you to improve your mental health and wellbeing by providing high-quality, trustworthy information on different aspects of mental health and wellbeing.

Mental health and wellbeing is an important part of overall health and wellbeing and can be affected by different factors, including life events such as relationship breakdowns, bereavement and work stress as well as mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety.  Health Scotland has two definitions which are helpful in understanding what we mean by mental wellbeing and mental illness:

  • Mental wellbeing: There are many different definitions of mental wellbeing but they generally include areas such as: life satisfaction, optimism, self esteem, mastery and feeling in control, having a purpose in life, and a sense of belonging and support.
  • Mental illness: Mental illness refers to a diagnosable condition that significantly interferes with an individual's cognitive, emotional or social abilities e.g. depression, anxiety, schizophrenia.

It is also important to remember that it is natural to feel happy when something positive happens to you, to feel sad or angry when a bad event occurs, or scared and anxious if you are dealing with something worrying.  Part of ensuring good mental health and wellbeing is recognising that it is natural to feel different emotions, but also knowing when you perhaps need some help in dealing with life events and mental health conditions.


Mental Health Conditions

Mental Health and Wellbeing - Conditions Section

Information regarding common mental health problems, including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and more.

Mental Health Conditions

Mental Wellbeing

Mental Health and Wellbeing - Wellbeing Section

Information regarding mental wellbeing including managing stressful situations, having a positive mental outlook

Mental Wellbeing

Accessing Help

Mental Health and Wellbeing - Accessing HelpSection

Information on accessing help when dealing with mental health problems.

Accessing Help

Worried About Someone?

Mental Health and Wellbeing - Worried about someone Section  

If you are worried about someones Mental Health and Wellbeing, this section offers advice on what to do.

Worried about Someone

Last updated: 09 February 2014