Clinical psychologist Dr Keith Gaynor has always been struck by how knowledgeable people are about their physical health and yet how little they truly understand their mental health. Often the first number of sessions of therapy are given over to providing basic education about how mental health operates. In this book he shares that knowledge and offers pointers on improving both our sense of self-worth and our attitude to work, relationships and personal setbacks. Based on ten years of experience working in mental health research and treatment within the HSE and NHS, Protecting Mental Health is designed for anyone teenagers, parents, adults who have an interest in nurturing their well-being. Protecting Mental Health begins by focusing on how, as individuals, we can improve our mental health, before outlining how, as a community, we need to take the subject seriously in order to build an emotionally resilient society. It is based on evidence-based research and treatments, in particular Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) treatments for anxiety, depression, worry, emotional dysregulation and positive psychology. A practical and accessible guide, Protecting Mental Health will be useful to anyone who wants to make positive changes in their life, and encourages us to create a culture that values health and happiness.