“Our mental health may change because of situations
we’re in, things we’re doing and things beyond our control,
including other people, our physical health, our finances…”.1
What may the Mental Health Umbrella include?
Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:
- Emotional Health/Welfare/Well-Being
- Mental Health/Welfare/Well-Being
- Psychological Health/Welfare/Well-Being
- Social Health/Welfare/Well-Being
What is mental health?
DotS the definition of mental health may vary. The (United States) MentalHealth.gov’s definition is:
“Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices”.2
Can our mental health change?
In About Mental Health: What Affects Our Mental Health? the (British) Mental Health Foundation note:
All of us are affected by what happens to us, past and present. Things that happened even many years ago can affect our mental health today, for better or worse. Our genes also have an influence”.3
Menopause Mood Changes
What menopause mood changes may we experienced?
In Symptoms of Menopause: Mood & Emotional Health the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health elaborate on:
- Increased anger
- Low mood
- Depression and anxiety”
Research suggests that women are more likely to feel depressed during the menopause transition.
Women who have a history of depression or premenstrual syndrome (PMS) may be more likely to develop depression during this time”.4
History of Depression or PMS
What if I have a history of depression or PMS?
On page one in Menopause Depression: Recognizing Depressive Symptoms and Depression the North American Menopause Society elaborate on:
How can we look after our mental health?
Here are some tips to help you get started with self-care:
- Get regular exercise. Just 30 minutes of walking every day can help boost your mood and improve your health. Small amounts of exercise add up, so don’t be discouraged if you can’t do 30 minutes at one time.
- Eat healthy, regular meals and stay hydrated…
- Make sleep a priority…
- Try a relaxing activity…
- Set goals and priorities…
- Practice gratitude…
- Focus on positivity…
- Stay connected…”.6
- Talk to someone you trust about your feelings (e.g. your friend, family member, doctor or psychologist)
- Keep a diary of your symptoms
- Take time for yourself and do things you love doing
- Get quality rest when you can
- Do regular physical exercise, especially in a group or with friends
- Practise relaxation techniques
- Pay attention to your inner voice and practise using positive affirmations”.7
Online Resources, Programs, Apps and e-therapies
Are mental health online resources, programs, Apps and e-therapies available?
Depending on your Country, mental health online resources, programs, Apps and e-therapies may be available.
Your health care provider or local community health center may know of your Country’s recommended mental health online resources, programs, Apps and e-therapies, similar to the (Australian) Department of Health’s Head To Health Search for Digital Mental Health Resources.
Health Care Provider
What if I need help with my mental health?
In Looking After Yourself: Emotional Wellbeing – Talk To Your Doctor the JH also encourage us to seek health:
Health Topics A-Z
Where may I find Health Topics A-Z related to Mental Health?
In Health Topics A-Z you may find:
Where may I find Links related to Mental Health?
Your Country may have Links similar to:
Where may I find the Sources quoted?
You may find the Sources quoted at:
- About Mental Health? Mental Health Foundation https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/explore-mental-health/about-mental-health Accessed: 01 May 2023
- What Is Mental Health? Last Updated: 28 February 2022. MentalHealth.gov https://www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/what-is-mental-health Accessed: 01 May 2023
- About Mental Health: What Affects Our Mental Health? Mental Health Foundation https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/explore-mental-health/about-mental-health Accessed: 01 May 2023
- Symptoms of Menopause: Mood & Emotional Health. Last Updated: 09 May 2023 | Last Reviewed: 19 August 2022. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-symptoms#mood-and-emotional-health Accessed: 01 May 2023
- Menopause Depression: Recognizing Depressive Symptoms and Depression. 2018:1. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/menonote-menopause-and-depression.pdf Accessed: 01 May 2023
- Caring for Your Mental Health: About Self-Care. Last Reviewed: December 2022. National Institute of Mental Health https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/caring-for-your-mental-health Accessed: 01 May 2023
- Looking After Yourself: Emotional Wellbeing. Last Updated: 09 May 2023 | Last Reviewed: 19 August 2022. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/looking-after-yourself Accessed: 01 May 2023