What's worrying you?

Mental health issues can have a profound impact on our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. We all have mental health, and what affects our daily lives varies between each of us. The important thing to remember is that support is available, and we’re not alone in our journey.

Here we explore some of the common types of mental health concerns, including general information, signs and symptoms, treatment options, self-care and how counselling can help.

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Abortion

There are many reasons why someone may want to end their pregnancy and, in Great Britain, the law allows people to do so up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. This experience can be a... Read more

Abuse

Stay safe: Read our information on how to cover your tracks online and browse the Internet privately. There are many different types of abuse. Commonly known forms of abuse... Read more

Addiction

Addiction is the term used when someone is unable to control certain habits and behaviours, to the point where they are becoming harmful. Some examples of addiction include an... Read more

Adoption

If your life has been affected by adoption, you may be looking for some answers to specific questions, or you may just feel as though you require some additional support in your... Read more

Anger management

Feeling angry is a natural response to certain life experiences. It’s a basic emotion; occurring at times when we come under attack, feel deceived, insulted or frustrated... Read more

Anxiety

Anxiety is used to describe feelings of worry, fear and unease. Typically, it incorporates both the emotional and physical sensations we experience when worried or nervous. We... Read more

Attachment disorder

From birth, we develop a close bond with our main caregivers (usually our parents). This attachment helps us to learn and develop in a trusting environment, even at such a young... Read more

Bereavement

If you have experienced the death of someone who was important to you, you might be finding it difficult to adjust to the changes happening in your life right now. Grief can shake... Read more

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), otherwise known as body dysmorphia, is a condition that causes a person to have a distorted view of their appearance. Considered an anxiety... Read more

Bullying

Being bullied is a hurtful experience that can have long-term effects on our mental health. Here, we look at what bullying is, how counselling can help, and how to support someone... Read more

Cancer

Many of us are touched by cancer at some time in our lives, whether we have been diagnosed ourselves or know of someone who has been. Regardless of whether it’s yourself, a... Read more

Career counselling

Career counselling is an option for when an individual needs confidential support and advice about areas of study and possible career movements, developments or changes. It... Read more

Carer support

Currently, in the UK there are 6.5 million carers - which equates to one in eight people. These are people who care for someone who is disabled, ill, older or suffering from a... Read more

Child counselling

Child counselling offers young people a safe space to discuss and work through anything they may be struggling with. This could include family worries, exam stress and mental... Read more

Childless not by choice

Involuntary childlessness (also known as childless-not-by-choice, or childless by circumstance) refers to people who have wanted to be parents, but who have not been able to due... Read more

Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME

If you have chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), you will experience extreme tiredness that does not go away, no matter how much you rest. Along with fatigue, you may be affected by... Read more

Dementia

Coming to terms with the diagnosis of dementia can be very difficult, not only for the person who has been diagnosed but also for family and friends. While dementia is not... Read more

Depression

We all have times when we feel sad, but depression is something that affects your daily life, making it hard to find enjoyment in day-to-day activities. We take a look at what... Read more

Disabilities

In the UK, there are over 14.1 million people with a disability, impairment or limiting long-term illness. On this page, we will look further into the types of disability. We will... Read more

Discrimination

Discrimination is the act of treating someone unfairly because of who they are, their beliefs or because they possess certain characteristics. Read more

Dissociation

Dissociation refers to the mental process of disconnecting from your thoughts, feelings, memories, or identity as a way of trying to project ourselves. We explain more about the... Read more

Eating disorders

Eating disorders are complex mental health conditions that affect people emotionally, physically and socially. They centre on a person's relationship with food, eating and... Read more

Gender dysphoria

Gender dysphoria is a term used to describe the distress a person feels when their gender does not match the sex they were assigned at birth. Here we look more closely at what... Read more

Hearing voices

Hearing voices is not as rare as you might think. Many of us will have heard noises or voices that others haven’t heard at some point in our lives. It’s estimated that... Read more

High sensitivity

Do you often walk into rooms and know when there’s been an argument? Do TV shows and movies seem to affect you more deeply than others? Perhaps you feel like the only one... Read more

HIV/AIDS

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It’s a virus that damages your immune system and makes it harder for you to fight off infection and disease. AIDS stands for... Read more

Infertility

From the moment we hit adolescence we begin to learn about reproduction, and not just the how, but also the why. We are taught about the worth and sense of fulfilment that can... Read more

Learning difficulties

A learning disability is described as: a state of arrested or incomplete development of mind significant impairment of intellectual functioning significant impairment of... Read more

LGBTQ+ counselling

Our sexuality and gender can form a big part of our identity and those who don’t fit society’s heteronormative ideal can come up against more challenges. Those who... Read more

Loneliness

Loneliness, a subjective, unwelcome feeling of lack of companionship is something we all may experience at some point in our lives. For many, it’s a feeling that only lasts... Read more

Low self-confidence

Low self-confidence is something that many of us experience but, over time, it can have a negative impact on our mental health. Here, we'll explore self-confidence in more detail... Read more

Low self-esteem

Over time, low self-esteem can have a negative impact on our mental health. You may also find having certain mental health conditions impacts your self-esteem. Here, we will be... Read more

Menopause

Menopause is the time that marks the end of your menstrual cycles. While it's a natural part of the normal ageing process, menopause can be more emotionally and physically... Read more

Mental health

When we talk about mental health, there is often a misconception about what it is and who it affects. First and foremost, mental health is not the same as a mental health issue or... Read more

Miscarriage

Miscarriage is the term used to explain the loss of a pregnancy in the first 23 weeks. Later loss is known as a stillbirth. If you’ve been affected by miscarriage, speaking... Read more

Neurodiversity

Originally used by the autistic community who were keen to move away from the medical model of autism, neurodiversity has become the term that encompasses a wider range of... Read more

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) involves intrusive and obsessional thoughts, often followed by compulsive urges. These obsessions can be overwhelming, and the only way a... Read more

Paranoia

Paranoia is when we have thoughts or feelings that we are in danger or under threat, even though there is little to no evidence that this is the case. We can all experience these... Read more

Passive-aggressive behaviour

Also described as non-verbal aggression, passive-aggressive behaviour refers to when you are angry or upset with someone, but don’t or can’t tell them. Frustrating and... Read more

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that some people develop after being involved in (or witnessing) something... Read more

Pregnancy and birth

Pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year after having a baby can be both an exciting and scary time. With as many as one in five women developing a mental illness during... Read more

Psychosis

Psychosis is when a person loses touch with reality, and the line between what is real and what is not becomes blurred. Psychosis often prevents a person from thinking clearly and... Read more

Racism

Racism is when someone discriminates against another person due to them being in a particular racial or ethnic group. This discrimination takes place individually and more widely... Read more

Redundancy

The dictionary defines redundancy as the state of being no longer needed or useful, and whether that description applies to machinery or human beings - the implications can be... Read more

Relationship problems

Relationships are a key part of our lives. They bring happiness and support, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy. When we encounter problems in our relationships, it... Read more

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a mental health condition that affects people’s ability to think clearly and decipher fantasy from reality. This can lead those affected to become... Read more

Self-harm

Self-harm is when someone harms themselves on purpose, usually as a way of coping with difficult emotions. Here we will look further into self-harming, including why someone might... Read more

Sex problems

Sex problems are common and can occur for any number of different reasons. In most cases, sexual problems can be linked to other challenges or difficulties you are facing within... Read more

Spirituality

Spirituality involves experiences of a deeper sense of meaning and purpose, and a sense of belonging and a connection with the universe. Spirituality can help to achieve inner... Read more

Stress

Almost everyone experiences stress from time to time and, while a small amount of stress can motivate us, too much or prolonged stress can be damaging to both our physical and... Read more

Suicidal thoughts

If you need immediate help and are worried you can’t keep yourself safe, please: Go to your nearest A&E department Call 999 if you can’t get to a hospital Ask... Read more

Trauma

Psychological trauma typically occurs after a particularly distressing event or a series of enduring events. Experiencing trauma can affect your mental health, leading to you... Read more

Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania, also known as trich or hair-pulling disorder, is when someone can’t resist the urge to pull out their own hair. They may pull out hair from their head or... Read more

Work-related stress

When you enjoy your job, it can provide happiness and fulfilment. But, when work is causing you stress and unhappiness, it can take over your life. On this page, we'll explore... Read more