Mental Health

Our mental health encompasses our psychological, emotional and social well-being. This means it impacts how we feel, think and behave each day. Our mental health also contributes to our decision making process, how we cope with stress and how we relate to others in our lives.

Why is emotional health important?

Looking after our mental health is not only good for us now, it can also help us deal with and manage difficult times in the future. Over time, it may also reduce our risk of physical health problems.

Being healthy emotionally can promote productivity and effectiveness in activities like work, school or caregiving. It plays an important part in the health of your relationships, and allows you to adapt to changes in your life and cope with adversity.

If you would like support with your mental health and wellbeing, book an appointment with our team of specialists.

What can we do to support ourselves?

Issues related to mental health can impact different people in different ways. If you start to see changes in your overall happiness and relationships, there are always ways get the support you want. Here are some ways you can get help:

  • Connect with other individuals, friends and family — Reaching out and opening up to other people in your life can help provide emotional support.
  • Talk to a professional — If you start to feel like your emotional health is starting to impact you, it may be time to reach out for extra support. With Vala, you can see one of our team, who will help to find the personalised support you want.
  • Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Exercise is essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline and for promoting well-being. But it doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good - slower-paced activities, such as walking, can have the benefit of encouraging social interactions as well providing some level of exercise.

Because we’re Vala, and because you get unlimited appointments, even if you just feel a bit “yuk” and want some support to start feeling a bit more bouncy, we’re always here to guide you through.

If a Vala doctor thinks you need deeper therapy and support than our team is able to offer, we will discuss the option of making a referral to one of our partners.

We only make referrals to therapists who are UK based and highly qualified. All therapists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Depression

Depression

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.

Self-Esteem

Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is an individual's subjective evaluation of their own worth. Self-esteem, is the positive or negative evaluations of the self, as in how we feel about it.

Relationships

Relationships

Having a mental illness is hard enough, but the stigma associated with mental health conditions can add an extra layer of stress for both partners. The person with a mental illness may feel shame, embarrassment, or guilt about their condition. They may try to hide their symptoms or fail to seek the help they need.

Addiction

Addiction

Developing an addiction isn’t a character flaw or a sign of weakness, and it takes more than willpower to overcome the problem. Abusing illegal or certain prescription medications can create changes in the brain, causing powerful cravings and a compulsion to use that makes sobriety seem like an impossible goal.

Stress

Stress

Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous. Stress is your body's reaction to a challenge or demand. In short bursts, stress can be positive, such as when it helps you avoid danger or meet a deadline.

Grief

Grief

You feel grief if something terribly sad happens, like if your dog dies or if your childhood sweetheart breaks up with you.

Anxiety

Anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. For example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam, or having a medical test or job interview.

  • Depression

    Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.

  • Self-Esteem

    Self-esteem is an individual's subjective evaluation of their own worth. Self-esteem, is the positive or negative evaluations of the self, as in how we feel about it.

  • Relationships

    Having a mental illness is hard enough, but the stigma associated with mental health conditions can add an extra layer of stress for both partners. The person with a mental illness may feel shame, embarrassment, or guilt about their condition. They may try to hide their symptoms or fail to seek the help they need.

  • Addiction

    Developing an addiction isn’t a character flaw or a sign of weakness, and it takes more than willpower to overcome the problem. Abusing illegal or certain prescription medications can create changes in the brain, causing powerful cravings and a compulsion to use that makes sobriety seem like an impossible goal.

  • Stress

    Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous. Stress is your body's reaction to a challenge or demand. In short bursts, stress can be positive, such as when it helps you avoid danger or meet a deadline.

  • Grief

    You feel grief if something terribly sad happens, like if your dog dies or if your childhood sweetheart breaks up with you.

  • Anxiety

    Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. For example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam, or having a medical test or job interview.

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