How do you define mental health?
Mental health is more than the absence of a mental disorder. According to the World Health Organization, ‘mental health’ is a sense of subjective well-being, perceived self-efficacy, a sense of autonomy and competence. Mental health is an integral part of overall health. It is influenced by socioeconomic, biological, cultural and environmental factors. It is a state of emotional and psychological wellbeing that includes:
- The ability to enjoy life and live fully and creatively;
- Resilience – the ability to bounce back from adversity;
- The ability to work productively;
- The ability to handle stress and cope with emotions;
- The ability to relate to others;
- The ability to make choices and solve problems;
- The ability to function and meet the demands of everyday life;
- The ability to care for one’s physical, relational, social, emotional and intellectual needs.
From Jenny Welbel, LPC:
Mental health is a state of emotional and psychological well-being and balance.
From Cheryl Rampage, PhD:
I think of mental health as the capacity to handle the ordinary demands of life, to love, to work, to be part of the social fabric, without being hindered by thoughts or feelings that can’t be controlled.
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