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Although many people are living their lives in a positive state of mental health, mental disorders are commonly occurring and often seriously impairing a significant proportion of the world’s population. This chapter provides information to guide you on how to best manage mental disorders. Whether you are coping with a mental health problem yourself, or would like to help a loved one with a mental health condition – the following pages will give you some tips. Suffering from a mental health condition is tough for the person with the illness and tough for those around them. The page Tips for Coping proposes some lifestyle changes you can make to help you better deal with a mental health problem. If you’d like to help a friend or family member with a mental health problem but don’t know how, see Tips for Helping. This section also contains a page dedicated to professional support and self-help resources to assist you on your journey. Understanding Mental Health In our everyday lives, we often hear, read or talk about mental health. But what is it that the term actually means? According to the World Health Organization , mental health is not just the absence of mental disorder and is defined as a state of well-being. Being mentally healthy means that you engage in productive activities that help you grow and develop. It means you have fulfilling relationships that make you feel happier, stronger and supported. And most importantly, being mentally healthy means you have the ability to adapt and cope with adversity or stress when it happens. Although many people the world over are living contented lives in a positive state of mental health, mental disorders are commonly occurring and often seriously impairing a significant proportion of the world’s population. Mental disorders are a general term that can refer to a person’s difficulty with memory or concentration, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Mental disorders also include conditions that severely affect one’s moods, like depression or bipolar disorder. They can also disturb an individual’s behaviour, such as in the case of eating disorders or sleeping disorders. Whether mental disorders affect concentration, mood or behaviour, all cause distress and impaired functioning. This chapter provides information to guide you on how to best manage mental disorders. Whether you are coping with a mental health problem yourself, or would like to help a loved one with a mental health condition – the following pages will give you some tips. 

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Apart from following your personal treatment plan prescribed by a mental health professional, there are some lifestyle changes you can make to help you better cope with a mental health problem. Here are some tips: Talk about your feelings: Openly expressing your feelings helps you process and recover from hurtful experiences. Repressing your feelings and emotions on the

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Suffering from a mental health condition is tough for the person with the illness and tough for those around them. If you’d like to help a friend or family member with a mental condition but don’t know how, here are some tips: Learn about their illness: Finding out more information about the illness, particularly in the beginning, is a great help. It will give you i

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For more help and support you can contact the following associations: Light House Arabia Dubai Camali Clinic Dubai  Canadian Mental Health Association Mental Health Foundation Mind National Institute of Mental Health Psych Central Reachout.com by Inspire Foundation Royal College of Psychiatrists

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