We all have mental health, just like we have physical health. Mental health includes how we feel, think and behave, and like our physical health, it's not a fixed state, we can experience mental health and ill-health.
Good mental health can manifest in different ways in all of us. But here are some common signs to look out for in yourself and others when things aren't quite right: not acting as usual, a loss of interest in the things that used to bring enjoyment, talking about feelings of hopelessness, being more reckless, or isolating from family and friends.
When we suspect that something isn't right the most courageous thing we can do for ourselves and others is to talk. It can feel uncomfortable, awkward even, we understand, we've written a whole book on it.
In the book are two invaluable guides to having conversations about mental health and we want to share those with you now.
But if you sense that someone is in crisis and they need urgent help call 999 or Samaritans for free, anytime on 116 123.