What is mental health?

Mental health includes emotional psychological and social well being. Our mental health affects how we feel, think and act. It will also have a big affect on how we handle stress, make choices and relate to other people. Everyone, whether good or bad. has mental health.

The World Health Organisation (W.H.O) defines health as he following ‘ Health  is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease and ill health’

The World Health Organisation (W.H.O) defines mental health as he following ‘ Mental health is defined as state of well being in which  every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses  of life, can work productivity and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community’ .

The  term mental illness does cover a large range of mental health problems. These mental health problems may affect our emotions, thoughts our relationships with other people and our behaviour. Mental illnesses are associated with a person’s distress and problems functioning in their day to day live. This every day live includes social, family and work amongst other things.

There are different types of mental illnesses, some are more common and some are not. Some of the more common mental illnesses include anxiety disorders and depression, whereas less common ones include bipolar disorders and schizophrenia. Mental illness like any condition that affects health, may cause disability which may be severe. This is not always well understood, especially be someone who has not experienced a mental illness.

So what is a mental health issue? A mental health issue is a much broader term which encompasses both mental illnesses as well as mental health related crises. A crisis could include thoughts of suicide.

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