b'Inmanyways,mentalhealthisjustlikephysicalhealth:everybodyhasitandweneedtotakecareofit.You might feel very happy to tell your workmates about a physical injury youve had, but when it comes to changes in your mental health, people may hide their symptoms or keep this to themselves because they are worried about what others might say or think about them. Good mental health means being generally able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life. But if you go through a period of poor mental health you might find the ways youre frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with. This can feel just as bad as a physical illness, or even worse.Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year.Stigma and discrimination are the two biggest obstacles to people talking about mental health in all walks of life. It takes enormous courage to talk about an intimate experience. There is always the risk of oversharing or making others feel uncomfortable. This is especially true when talking about mental health.4'