Early identification and treatment of Mental health Disorders can literally change the life of a young person.

Mental Health

Mental Health concerns affects 1:4 adults in any given year. 50% of mental health problems begin by age 14. 75% of mental health disorders by age 24.
The signs and symptoms of mental health concerns can affect us in a variety of ways.  The symptoms that we experience will depend on the type of concerns or disorder, together will other external factors and circumstances. People with mental health concerns are more likely to have additional needs or problems in other areas of their lives. Finance, employment, education and home may present concerns or challenges.
Mental health problems can be temporary or last for a long time. Sometimes treatment will be required throughout the lifetime. Treatment provided at the earliest opportunity provides the greatest opportunity of a favourable outcome. Mental health concerns; sometimes referred to as mental health disorders can affect anyone. They can become apparent or increase in severity throughout the lifespan.
Many teenagers and young adults will experience concerns with mental health signs and symptoms prior to the age of 24. In some circumstances, parents, carers and friends have been able to highlight incidents or concerns arising during early years development for others the onset is pre-teen to teenage years. University and early adulthood can also be a time of experiencing warnings signs and symptoms, which may be first noticed when academic or relationship pressures increase.
Indeed, it is not unusual to have adverse mental health episodes for the first time in later adulthood; particularly surrounding increased stress of life changing events. However, in most cases severe mental health problems begin earlier in life. Left untreated mental health concerns can have an adverse impact on young people and their families. The affects can be far reaching, causing emotional, behavioural and psychical health problems. In families, there is often an increased level of conflict and unhappiness as relationships become increasingly difficult to manage.
The medical and physical consequences of mental health problems include increased risk of High Blood Pressure, Heart disease, weakened immune system, migraine, abdominal pain, joint pain and many related issues. The Wave treatment programs address mental health concerns across the spectrum, through an integrative approach to emotional, physical and psychological wellbeing. Our programs gently nurture young people and allow them to build relationships; moving out of isolation and returning to wellness. Our Mental Health programs are supported by our team of Consultant Psychiatrists,

Mental Health concerns, also known as Mental Health Disorders,

can affect your mood, thoughts and behaviours:

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Research is ongoing into the complex areas of mental health. We do understand that there is no one particular reason that indicates adverse mental health. Mental disorders are thought to be a combination of familial or inherited traits, environmental factors and the function of brain chemistry. We do understand that these aspects either alone or in combination can increase the risk of mental health problems in later life. 

Whilst there is no definitive predictor of mental health problems or who will go on to experience a mental health crisis; we do understand that there are some areas that appear to increase the risk of developing mental health concerns. Having a close family member who has been previously diagnosed or treated with a mental health condition increases the risk of developing a mental health disorder. High levels of stress and traumatic events throughout the lifetime can also increase the risk levels. Preterm or complicated births or exposure to drugs/alcohol pre-birth, feeling alone or a burden, having few friends or a limited support network, bullying, a childhood history of neglect or abuse, financial problems or long-term physical illness.

Mental health problems can affect daily living. For some people their mental health condition prevents them from enjoying life, taking part and can be debilitating. In cases of severe mental illness, there may be periods of time, before, during and after intensive treatment that will require extra care and possibly additional help to complete daily living tasks. There may be times that it is very difficult to work, study or take care of others. There may be times when taking care of oneself requires extra help. Mental illness cannot be seen and is often overlooked. The stigma that is associated with mental illness in general, can make reaching out for help seem almost impossible. Severe mental illness (SMI) is a mental, emotional or behavioural disorder that substantially affects and impairs the ability to engaged in life activities.

Whilst all mental health symptoms can be difficult to live with, severe mental illness can have a profound effect on all concerned. A mental health crisis can be indicated by; rapid changes in mood, inability to perform daily tasks, agitation, volatile or hostile behaviours, isolation, losing touch with reality, psychosis, paranoia. If you are concerned about yourself or someone else; please contact your nearest Hospital or emergency number and ask for the on-call psychiatrist.

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