What is mental health?

Mental health can be conceptualized as a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.

Mental health is the foundation for well-being and effective functioning for an individual and for a community.
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Mental Health
Mental health is the absence of a mental disorder or impairment. It can be defined by certain terms and phrases; generally an individual’s mental health can be described in subjective terms such as, an individual’s perception about themselves (self-esteem, self-concept, coping mechanisms). It can also be reflective by environmental factors that add to healthy emotional development and wellbeing (positive supportive relationships and accessibility to community resources). Mental health practitioners also use clinical assessments to determine the level of functional associated with the client’s mental health status.

Mental health, also sometimes called emotional health, is the ability to be well-balanced and in control of your thoughts, emotions, and actions. People with good mental health generally have good relationships with others. They can keep the ups and downs of life in perspective and handle ordinary stress. They are able to work and participate in activities they enjoy. They may sometimes get upset or feel sad, but overall they are able to overcome negative emotions.

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