What is mental health?

​Sometimes it can be difficult to explain what mental health is. The World Health Organisation defines it as a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to their community. ​

Mental health problems can take many forms including depression, schizophrenia, bipolar, eating disorders, anxieties, phobias, drug and alcohol abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, dementia and many more.

It is estimated that one in four people experience mental health problems at some time in their lives. UHNM is committed to working together with partners to make sure people get the help and support they need. We want to ensure that our patients have a positive experience when they come to UHNM and that all of their needs are met.

Improved mental health and wellbeing is associated with a range of better outcomes for people of all ages and backgrounds. These include improved physical health and life expectancy.

Since 2013, NHS England has been working with service users, carers and key partners to improve the outcomes and experiences of people of all ages with mental health problems, to ensure that mental health is treated with the same level of importance as physical health.

The NHS Five Year Forward View for Mental Health 2016 sets out a series of practical and realistic steps for the NHS to deliver a better, more joined-up and more responsive NHS in England.

We aim to ensure patients receive the highest standards of care and that patients are treated with respect and dignity.

Our current workforce includes a number of mental health nurses in certain ward areas that are able to provide holistic care which meets the needs of people who are living with mental health problems.

Areas of work are emergency portals, care of the older person, trauma and orthopaedics, general medicine and gastroenterology and child health. 

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