Relocating to a different country and working within the NHS can both be very rewarding experiences, however, the challenges that you may encounter along the way can sometimes seem daunting and can take a toll on your mental health. The NHS reports that 1 in 4 adults suffer with mental health problems in the UK every year, and that 1 in 10 people will experience depression at some point in their life. This article aims to shed some light on the ways in which you can improve your mental health if you’re struggling, or steps you can take to maintain it even if you’re not.
Mental health is a broad term that can cover a variety of illnesses, we will primarily be covering depression within this article, but mental health struggles are by no means limited to depression or the symptoms we are going to discuss.
Mental health problems are very personal and can differ vastly from person to person, as such, the list below is not exhaustive. Someone with depression may not exhibit all of the symptoms mentioned or may even experience some symptoms not covered in this article.
With this said, some signs to look out for are:
Mental health problems can often seem overwhelming, and people sometimes find it difficult and even embarrassing to talk about. However, if someone is experiencing any of the symptoms listed, it is important to deal with the underlying issues rather than ignoring them. By not dealing with these feelings, the problem can potentially get worse and become more difficult to deal with.
The positive thing is that it is possible to improve your mental health in some simple ways:
These suggestions can go a long way to improving your mental health and wellbeing, however, this article is just a guide. If you, or someone you know is struggling, we recommend that you seek help from a qualified medical professional or contact one of the services below.
If you are an IMG who would like some advice on relocating to the UK and working for the NHS then get in contact with us at [email protected] and one of our specialist team will be happy to advise you.
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