MindDrive is About The Mind and Mental health

MindDrive is all about understanding more about yourself. Helping you manage your mental issues or how to develop positive thoughts and goal setting as well as managing conflict and emotions.

Your mental state defines much about you.  If you’re feeling good, nothing is beyond you.  If you’re feeling down, however, it feels as though you can’t cope.  It can be much more extreme.

Financial problems seem to go together with poor mental health

Mental problems occur more often in people suffering physical health issues

Mental health issues are far more prevalent than people think. One person in four in the world will have a mental disorder at some point in their lives (World Health Organisation)

There are a number of charities and government organisations set up to help address mental health issues.

Here we extract some key facts and guides which might help break that link.

For example, do you feel you may be suffering from depression? Take the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ)(developed by Pfizer but now openly available) – you can take the PHQ-2 test and if you score more than 3 you can talk to your doctore or take the PHQ-9 test yourself online.

Mind Facts

1000
people

were detained under the Mental Health Act in England in 2019-19 – actual number will be higher as not all providers submitted data (NHS Digital)

1
new CTOs

or Community Treatment Orders in 2018-19 in England (NHS Digital)

100
suicides

registered in the UK in 2018 (Office for National Statistics)

1
people

in a hundred people in England in 2016 were reported to suffer from nixed anxiety and depression (Mental Health and Wellbeingin England NHS Digital(

Mental Health

Problems are more common than you think

The statistics above show how many people will suffer from some sort of mental health issues.  Although the overall number doesn’t seem to be increasing, it seems that people aren’t coping with them as well.

A survey is done every 7 years in England and the last one published in 2016 showed the people suffering from different problems as:

  • Generalised anxiety disorder 5.9 in 100 people
  • Depression 3.3 in 100 people
  • Phobias 2.4 in 100 people
  • OCD 1.3 in 100 people
  • Panic disorder 0.6 in 100 people
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 4.4 in 100 people
  • Mixed anxiety and depression 7.8 in 100 people

Estimates for more severe issues measured over the last year were:

  • Psychotic disorder 0.7 in 100 people
  • Bipolar disorder 2.0 in 100 people
  • Antisocial personality disorder 3.3 in 100 people
  • Borderline personality disorder 2.4 in 100 people

These statistics from Mind were taken from people in private housing – if you add in homeless people and people in hospitals, prisons, etc they will rise.

Am I OK?

It’s possible that you don’t really know whether you have a problem or not.  In which case, take the test below!

Mental Health Foundation

..is a UK charity for everyone’s mental health.  They report that nearly two thirds of us have experienced mental ill health at some point.  They have a test which shows how you’re doing compared to the national average – you can take it by following the link and the results are sent by email.  

Rethink Mental Illness is a charity supported largely by local authorities which supports people affected by mental illness.  They have expert accredited advice and information to everyone affected by mental health issues.

If you want to understand whether what you’re feeling reflects a problem, you can look at this list of many common symptoms to see what the problem might be.

They also have a wide range of factsheets (over 100) on subjects ranging from medication to legislation, as well many common problems – you can see the full range by clicking the link above.

Every Mind Matters

OneYou is a PHE and NHS initiative aimed at helping people make the small changes that make them feel better and healthier every day.  It has an interactive video which shows how to spot signs of a problem, shows what you can do, shows you how to create an action plan, and also shows how you can help others.  To see this video, click the link above. 

It also has videos which describe the problems and their symptoms, and also offer some guidance.  To view any of these videos, click the links which are highlighted below.

For stress, please go to StressDrive – this will open in a new window.

Mental Health Issues and Financial Problems are closely linked

mental health and financial problems

New research by the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute charity shows the link between financial difficulty and mental health problems. It analysed national data from the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey of more than 7,500 people across England. 

  • More than 1.5 million people in England are struggling with problem debt and mental health problems
  • People with mental health problems are 3.5 times more likely to be in problem debt than those with no mental health issues
  • 46% – almost half – people in problem debt are experiencing a mental health problem
  • People with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are nearly 6x as likely to be in problem debt than people without a mental health problem
  • People with biploar disorder or depression are 5x more likely to experience serious financial difficulty than those without a mental health problem

Source: Money and Mental Health Policy Institute Facts

So, financial problems are linked to mental health issues - how can this be tackled?

If it’s a matter of finding out what you can do to make sure you’re getting the right benefits, managing your money as well as you can, or managing debt effectively, then you can look on our pages as shown below.

The  Mental Health and Money Advice Service has a website and support line set up to provide confidential help in this area.  The problem is that most forms of support aren’t aimed at people with mental health issues, who can feel vulnerable and overwhelmed.

This can help you in many ways:

Poverty also causes mental health issues

This works the other way also.  Poverty seems to mean that there is an increased incidence of mental health issues. The video below by Crick Lund is based in Cape Town and describes the link between poverty and mental health issues. 

It focusses on poverty in poorer countries, but if you listen, there are strong parallels with poverty in any country, including ours.  

It’s a TED talk, so it’s 16 minutes long, but it’s interesting.

Will Smith's message

We believe you need to WANT to change. So does Will Smith.

Mental Health during a Pandemic

This brief (just about 4 .5minutes) video from the Government gives some ideas on how you can keep yourself mentally strong during a pandemic.  It suggests a minfulness exercise – why not sign up as a YouDriver and build your own action plan, including exercises like this and see the results!

More severe conditions - the 'Dark Triad'

This sounds ominous and very much like something out of a crime or horror novel.  You might read this used in novels to describe the personality of a criminal, but let’s look at what this really is.

The Dark Triad is a psychological term for a combination of three negative and sometimes overlapping personality traits: narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism.

Narcissism

This describes someone with a high self-regard or a tendency to arrogance. Though mostly  this personality trait is irritating at best,  it can lead at worst the person to become emotionally abusive.

Psychopathy

This means a lack of empathy and remorse for a person’s actions. While it’s not a true mental disorder, as one might think, psychopathy falls under the umbrella of antisocial personality disorder. People tend to be charming but incapable of real emotion.

Machiavellianism

This refers to 16th century Italian writer Niccolò Machiavelli who write the book, The Prince, which is considered an early guide to modern politics. This dark trait is characterized by manipulation and usually signifies a person who will do whatever it takes to achieve their goals, even if that means hurting others.  Machiavellianism is usually tied to high intelligence and people with this trait tend to excel professionally.

Counterpoint

Just to present the other side of the coin, and to show that there are good people as well as bad – in modern parlance there are super-heroes ans well as super-villains! In  contrast to the Dark Triad, there is also the Light Triad, a  set of three  much nicer  personality traits. These are  humanism, faith in humanity, and Kantianism (never treating others as a means to your own end).

MyTherapy Infographic

MyTherapy infographic about depression

Your attitude to Mental Health matters

This video from Time To Change describes how shame and silence around mental health can be as bad as the problem itself.

The box below shows how you can start to address any problems you have yourself.  Hover over it and it will switch to show you information on how you can look for help in this area..  Click the button on the back to see more information and YouDrive’s view!

“There is no standard normal. Normal is subjective. There are seven billion versions of normal on this planet.”
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More information

Go to Mind A-Z of mental health

This NHS backed Wellness Recovery Action Plan helps you overcome unhelpful behaviours – it can be done by you at home – you might want do it in conjunction with someone you trust.  Download it here.

Public Health England with the NHS support the OneYou initiative. Do their Mind Plan quiz  which after 5 simple questions gives you some things to do and lets you create an action plan.

The NHS published a Mental Health Bulletin in November 2019 which shows a detailed picture of people using NHS funded secondary mental health services in 2018-19- download it here.

The  Money and Mental Health Policy Institute produced a paper showing the link between money and mental health – download it here.

The Mental Health Foundation Institute have a paper on Fundamental Facts on Mental Health (2016) – download it here.

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