The term ‘mental health’ is frequently misunderstood. ‘Mental health’ is often used as a substitute for mental health conditions – such as depression, anxiety conditions, schizophrenia, and others. According to the World Health Organization, mental health is “a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” Ultimately, mental health is about being cognitively, emotionally and socially healthy – in the way we think, feel and develop relationships and not merely the absence of a mental health condition. It’s also possible that while being diagnosed with a mental health condition, to be feeling well in various aspects of life. Mental health is complex!
Beyond Blue tells us that research shows that mental health conditions can cause distress, impact on day-to-day functioning and relationships, and are associated with poor physical health and premature death from suicide. In contrast, high levels of mental health are associated with increased learning, creativity and productivity, more pro-social behaviour and positive social relationships, and with improved physical health and life expectancy.
Taking care of your mental health can take on various forms like seeking professional support to incorporating the following...
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Written by Carmen Debono