What is Mental Health?

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Mark Winteringham

Tester, Toolsmith, Author and Instructor

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Gem Hill

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Gem Hill and Mark Winteringham break down mental health. Learn about different mental health problems, why awareness matters and how they can affect us.
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Mark Winteringham

Tester, Toolsmith, Author and Instructor

Mark Winteringham is a tester, toolsmith and author of AI-Assisted Testing and Testing Web APIs, with over ten years of experience providing testing expertise on award-winning projects across a wide range of technology sectors, including BBC, Barclays, UK Government and Thomson Reuters. He is an advocate for modern risk-based testing practices and trains teams in Automation, Behaviour Driven Development and Exploratory testing techniques. He is also the co-founder of Ministry of Testing Essentials a community raising awareness of careers in testing and improving testing education. You can find him on Twitter @2bittester or at mwtestconsultancy.co.uk
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Gem Hill

Hi, I'm Gem. I'm a ex-tester (though always a tester in my heart), and founder of SelfCare Backpack. I help people, especially those in tech, with their self care and mental health. I'm a trainee therapist, and offer talks and workshops all around building up a little toolbox (or backpack) or self care for when you need it.
00:00:05,920: Hi, Gem. So what is mental health? Hi, Mark. Typically,
00:00:09,865: when discussing mental health,
00:00:11,385: it refers to an individual's psychological and emotional well-being.
00:00:15,065: This differs from mental illness,
00:00:16,585: which is focused on conditions that can affect our mental lobbying.
00:00:20,170: The conditions that affect mental health have a scale of
00:00:22,890: severity and symptoms,
00:00:24,250: but they can be treated and managed when identified.
00:00:26,915: Awareness of the mental health of yourself and others is
00:00:29,395: important in managing your own health and supporting others. Cool.
00:00:33,075: Have you got any examples? Sure.
00:00:35,080: Mental health problems include stress, anxiety, and depression.
00:00:38,760: Other examples of mental health problems are things like
00:00:41,320: bipolar disorders,
00:00:42,575: It's a friendlier and post traumatic stress disorder.
00:00:45,455: And why should we be aware of our mental health?
00:00:48,095: Raising awareness of mental health can help people
00:00:50,255: recognize personal mental health problems as well as
00:00:52,730: mental health problems within others.
00:00:54,890: Awareness also very encrypts us to support others.
00:00:58,010: Sometimes it can feel like you can't talk about your mental
00:01:00,250: health because of feelings like stigma around having mental ill health,
00:01:04,105: and raising awareness helps to change the stigma around mental ill health.
00:01:08,185: So how can mental health problems affect us?
00:01:11,030: Mental health problems can affect various aspects of daily
00:01:13,590: life with symptoms such as difficulty with concentration
00:01:16,230: or sleeping, avoiding contact with others,
00:01:18,785: loss of self confidence or self esteem just to name a few.
00:01:22,145: But ultimately, as mental health dot org dot u k states,
00:01:25,665: certain symptoms are common in specific mental health problems.
00:01:28,850: But noted people behave in exactly the same way when they are and well.
00:01:32,450: Okay. So now we know about mental health.
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