Feeling stressed? Is something getting you down? Many young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 years struggle with mental health issues — about their home life, work or study, money or relationships.
If you’re worried about your mental health, it’s best not to ignore the problem. Like a physical illness, a mental health issue can be treated, and the sooner you get help, the better.
What is mental health and why is it important?
The term ‘mental health’ refers to your state of mind. If your mental health is fine, you tend to feel confident and are able to deal with life and its challenges. On the other hand, if your mental health is not so good, life can seem a lot harder than it should be.
Many people experience a mental health issue at some point in their life. But if things don't seem to get better, it could be a sign of a mental illness.
Just like other illnesses, mental illnesses need to be managed or treated to get better. So, if you think you could have a mental health issue, maybe you should consider getting help (see ‘Where to get help’ below).
Young adults and common mental health issues
Mental health issues are common. For example, at some point you may:
- feel stressed
- have relationship issues
- have financial worries
- develop a drug or alcohol problem
- struggle with work or study
- need help looking after a child
- have low self-esteem
- feel too fat or too skinny
- experience bullying at work or online
- feel alone
If you’re having a tough time with these, or any other issues, it doesn’t necessarily mean your mental health is in danger. But it’s worth talking to someone to get some advice.
How can I improve my mental health and wellbeing?
There are lots of things you can do to get yourself into a better head space and improve your overall sense of wellbeing. Here are a few suggestions:
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Last reviewed: April 2020