How’s Your Head?
Mental Health is . . .
‘The way you feel about yourself, the quality of your relationships, and your ability to manage your feelings and deal with difficulties.’
What do you think?
Drugs and your mind . . .
Are drugs really making you feel better, or are they just making you feel worse?
Alcohol & mental health:
There is a close relationship between alcohol and mental health. Drinking large amounts of alcohol could lead to feelings of depression and anxiety. People may also drink more as a result of these problems. People may use alcohol to cope with their paranoia, anxiety, or low mood, thinking that it will make them feel better. However, drinking alcohol often makes people feel worse.
Cannabis & mental health:
Cannabis is known to ‘play with the mind’ and this can sometimes get out of hand, causing some young people to feel anxious, panicky and unable to sleep. Many people say they get mood swings and feelings of paranoia and sometimes even feel depressed. These symptoms seem more apparent where people are using cannabis with higher levels of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), which in some cases can lead to psychosis and short-term memory loss.
Stimulants & mental health:
Stimulants, including cocaine, speed and E’s can cause your brain to crave these substances all the time. Cocaine can affect how the brain releases natural chemicals which change your mood. Regular users can also suffer from reduced appetite and look unhealthy. Stimulant users can sometimes experience mental health disorders such as psychosis, mood, anxiety and sleep.
Mental Health conditions . . .
A condition that affects the mind, which can make people feel anxious or on edge, make you behave in strange ways or trigger uncontrolled moods. Psychosis can affect behaviour, thought and judgement. Psychosis can impact on daily life, making it difficult to carry out everyday activities.
A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease. This can cause physical change including an increased heart rate and feelings of hot and cold.
People may feel on edge, maybe fearful and think something awful will happen. Often people are suspicious without reason, believing that others are talking about them or someone wants to harm them.
Some signs of depression include loss of interest in activities, change in eating patterns, and feeling hopeless and negative about the future. Some people may lack motivation, feel overly tired and experience difficulty sleeping.
Show me the facts . . .
Fact: Up to 1 in 5 young people in the UK have a recognised mental health problem.
Fact: Depression affects 1 in 50 children under 12 years old and 1 in 20 teenagers.
Fact: Every year there are about 24,000 cases of attempted suicide by 10-19 year olds in England and Wales – that’s one every 20 minutes.
Asking for help with a mental health problem will get you treatment and support, not stigma and labelling.
Drugs and alcohol can trigger mental health problems or make an undiagnosed mental health problem worse. If you want help, it’s your call . . .