Get Informed Topics Mental Health Mental health condition CAUSES OF MENTAL HEALTH ILLNESS


Having a mental health illness can be upsetting, confusing, and frightening. If you may feel that it is a sign of weakness, or you are losing your mind. However, it is important to note that mental health problems are a common human experience. 

There is no single cause for mental illness. Several factors can contribute to risk for mental illness, such as;

  • Drug and substance abuse, such as alcohol abuse
  • Unemployment or losing your job.
  • Trauma such as rape, witnessing murder or violence, or accidents 
  • Heartbreaks and rejections 
  • Loneliness and self-isolation
  • Losing someone very close to you. It can be family, friend, and even relative.
  • Stigma and discrimination such as homophobia 
  • Gender-based violence and all forms of bullying 
  • Terminal or chronic illness such as cancer and HIV can lead to mental illness
  • Unhealthy relationships 
  • Dealing with divorce 


Mental health illness can feel very personal and be hard to understand, so the idea that there could be a distinct physical cause for difficult thoughts, feelings, and behaviors might make it feel easier to talk openly about your experiences and ask for help.

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