In many ways, mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it.

Good mental health means being generally able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life. But if you go through a period of poor mental health you might find the ways you're frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with. This can feel just as bad as a physical illness, or even worse.

This short animation explains what mental health problems are and how they can affect us.

For more information on mental health problems, what may cause them, and the many different kinds of help, treatment and support that are available visit their website: