Mental health can be misunderstood, and we see this throughout history. While we have come a long way, there is still room for advancement because mental health is something that we all must protect and maintain. After all, it is one of our greatest assets. According to Beyond Blue, ‘ Mental health is often used as a substitute for mental health conditions – such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and others. According to the World Health Organization, however, mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her 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.”
Mental health is not just a standalone area of our well-being; we must also consider the physical, social and spiritual aspects of who we are as they all interlink in some way or another because the common denominator is ourselves. Suppose we are responsible for our well-being while acknowledging that there are environmental factors that play a part. In that case, we can become aware of opportunities to enhance our well-being and encourage mental health for ourselves and others. To read more or listen via the Podcast click here.
Written by Carmen Debono