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Living with a mental health condition

Photo: One in three deaf young people experience mental health problems at some point.

Most people will, at some point in their lives, have times when they feel sad, anxious or low. However, if this problem lasts for weeks or months it could be a sign of a mental health condition such as depression or anxiety.

If you’ve been feeling down for a long time, it’s really important that you tell someone how you feel. Sometimes, just talking to someone can help. There might be some changes you could make to feel better, such as getting more support at work. However, if you still feel low, your GP might diagnose you with a mental health condition.

If you have a mental health condition, here are our top five pieces of advice.

  • It’s not your fault. Having a mental health condition is nothing to be ashamed of. Like physical illness, mental illness can affect anyone, regardless of their background. Being diagnosed with a mental health condition doesn’t mean that you’re worth any less than anyone else. It just means you might find some parts of everyday life more difficult.

  • You’re not alone. One in three deaf children and young people will experience mental health problems at some point.

  • Help is available. Click here to find out more about asking for help.

  • It’s good to talk. Whether it’s your mum, your best friend or even your dog, telling someone how you feel will make you feel better.

  • Things will get better. Sometimes, mental illnesses can make us feel that life will never get better. That’s not true! With the right treatment, even people with severe mental health conditions can go on to lead happy and fulfilling lives.