What is mental health and why is it important?

What is mental health and why is it important?

The term ‘mental health’ refers to your state of mind. Positive mental health is about feeling a general sense of wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem.

Having good mental health is not just so you can get through the day, but so you can form healthy relationships with others, and enjoy and create the life you want.

Your mental health deserves to be taken seriously. If you feel like you’re not coping, the best thing you can do is ask for help. With The NZ Music Foundation Wellbeing Service, you can talk to professionals with a real understanding of the pressures and issues that a life in music in NZ can create.

But while we all have our ups and downs, ongoing mental health issues can be a sign of a mental illness. Mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety disorders, have a bigger impact on thoughts, feelings and behaviour than mental issues, and can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, mental illnesses can usually be effectively treated or managed.

Some of the most common mental illnesses are:

Next steps if you believe you have a mental health issue:

Get professional help – Call us, message us, contact another support line, see a doctor, counsellor or psychologist

Learn – find out as much as possible about your condition, what can trigger symptoms, the best treatments, and how to help yourself.

Get support – make an effort to talk to family and friends, even if you don’t feel like it sometimes. It is important to connect with those who care.

Community help – As well as getting the best treatments you can, find out what support is available in the community that suits your individual needs. Everyone is unique and it’s important to find the kind of support that helps you best at any one time.

Access Online help:

There are a number if reputable apps and websites that can assist you. Take a look at some of them here.

Talk to us today:
Free 24/7 support line: 0508 MUSICHELP
Free from Australia: 1 800 353 148
Rest of the World: +64 508 MUSICHELP
(local charges may apply, please consider contacting us by the Talk to Us form here)