Around 1 in 4 people will suffer with a mental health problem at some time in life.

Mental health problems affect the way people think, feel and behave and cause as much, if not more, suffering as physical health problems.

Approximately half of long-term sick leave is due to mental health problems meaning that having a mental health problem often carries significant financial implications.

People who have serious mental problems, particularly those who need to take certain types of medications, are also at increased risk of physical problems such as heart disease and diabetes.

Suicide is an important risk associated with mental health problems, with a report from the Samaritans indicating that 6,639 people committed suicide in the UK and Republic of Ireland in 2015.

Therefore taking proactive steps to improve and protect your mental health could be one of the best decisions you make.

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