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Our personal lives and relationships

Relationships are one of the most important aspects of our lives, yet we can often forget just how crucial our connections with other people are.

Changes or difficulties in relationships

When we experience difficulties or changes in a relationship – with a partner, friend or family member – it can affect our mental health in many ways.

Disagreements are a normal part of relationships, but if you and your partner regularly snap at each other, give or get the cold shoulder, or find it hard to resolve arguments, it can affect your and your children's mental wellbeing, including babies and young kids.

If you're worried about your relationship and how it's making you feel, it's worth talking it over with someone you trust, or you may prefer to use a helpline or online resources.

There are lots of sources of support and information that can help if you need help with your relationships.

Caring for someone else

Looking after someone else can be a positive and rewarding experience, but it can also be mentally and physically draining.

Helping someone else gives you less time for your own needs and thoughts. Although you may really want to care for them, you may also find it difficult and upsetting, or might feel overwhelmed and unable to look after yourself properly.

There's practical and emotional support available for carers. Speak to your local authority about what help might be available to you by asking for a carer's assessment.

If you are worried about supporting or caring for others during the coronavirus outbreak, or if you need to stay at home, Carers UK has advice on creating a contingency plan.

If you are a parent, Young Minds has excellent resources for children who are are worried or anxious about coronavirus.

There are lots of sources of support and information that can help if you're caring for someone else.

Loneliness and mental health

Loneliness can affect anyone, young or old, and can happen in any situation.

We may live in a busy city or a rural location, on our own or with others and still feel isolated. And no matter where we are, the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has made it harder to be with others, which can lead to feelings of loneliness.

We may be isolated physically or feel alone in a crowd, or we might be emotionally isolated because of something we have experienced that's difficult to share.

Sometimes important life events make us feel lonely, like leaving school or work, moving home or having a baby. We may also face discrimination, which can make us feel isolated or excluded.

There are lots of sources of support and information that can help if you're feeling lonely.

Discrimination and mental health

Discrimination can come in many different forms and can have a big effect on our mental health.

An act of discrimination could be losing out on a job or promotion because of who we are or what we believe in.

It may also mean not getting the support you need, feeling threatened or being excluded from a group.

There are many ways the law can protect us from discrimination. There are also lots of sources of support and information that can help if you feel discriminated against.