“Mental health is a state of wellbeing in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. In this positive sense, mental health is the foundation for individual wellbeing and the effective functioning of a community”.
World Health Organisation
Like physical health, mental health is a continuum. Most people move up and down this continuum at different times in their life due to individual habits, external circumstances or genetic predisposition. While some of these factors are outside our control, other factors like the way we think, a healthy diet, exercise and sufficient sleep are within our control. A single risk factor will not necessarily lead to the development of a mental illness; however multiple risk factors invariably reduce our mental wellness, making it harder to perform at our best.
Like physical health, everyone can take positive steps to not only reduce their likelihood of developing an illness, but also optimise their level of wellbeing.
Being “mentally healthy” is more than just being free from illnesses such as depression and anxiety. “Flourishing” individuals experience an optimal level of wellbeing characterised by regularly experiencing positive emotions, engaging in activities that absorb your attention, enjoying positive relationships with others, obtaining a sense of meaning or purpose, and enjoying the satisfaction that comes with accomplishment. The field of positive psychology provides scientifically proven methods to assist you to flourish.
Creating mentally healthy workplaces and schools is more than raising awareness of mental illnesses – it is about providing individuals with the means to stay mentally healthy and to flourish.
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