Mental or emotional health refers to your sense of well being: how you feel about yourself and your relationships; how you manage your emotions and cope with problems.
All kinds of life events can undermine our mental health. We can be affected by unemployment, relationship breakdown or bereavement. We can simply be overwhelmed by the stresses of everyday living.
Mental Health isn't just the absence of mental health problems. Positive Mental Health means enjoying your life. Being able to bounce back when things go wrong.
It is all too easy to take our mental and emotional health for granted - focusing on it only when we develop problems. But in the same way that we need to build and maintain our physical health, we also need to invest time and energy in our emotional health, so that when things go wrong in our lives, we are able to cope effectively. In simple ways every day, we can strengthen our sense of wellbeing and build our resilience.
"Everyone is a house with four rooms, a physical, a mental, an emotional, and a spiritual. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time but, unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person"
On Friday, 23 May elections to the European Parliament and the country's local councils will be taking place. This is an excellent opportunity to ask those who are seeking your vote what steps their party will take to promote mental health and wellbeing in the community - including suicide prevention? For more ideas click on the following link: