Are you a person who is mentally healthy? That is a serious question, but it is one that must be asked. It’s important to take stock of your mental health from time to time. It’s estimated that over 20 percent of Canadians will likely deal with a mental disorder at some point in their lifetime. To keep yourself from joining that percentage, you need to be aware of how you are doing emotionally and mentally. But to understand your level of mental health, you must first understand what mental health is.
What is mental health?
What exactly is mental health? Here’s a good definition: “Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes 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.”
The above statement describes and defines mental health, but what are the components of mental health? Here are just a few of the “ingredients” that comprise mental health:
– Physical health — Did you know that some mental disorders are caused by chemical imbalances? It’s true. Such physical problems have the capability to cause mental stress. Without a doubt, physical health is a huge component of mental health.
– Emotional health — Emotions can certainly not be overlooked when discussing mental health. When someone is experiencing severe stress, sadness, or feelings of being overwhelmed, that definitely affects his or her mental state and impacts overall mental health.
– Social/Economical health — When someone does not have a “normal” amount of connection with others (friends, peers, etc.), his or her mental health might be affected negatively. Also, lack of economical health (i.e., poverty) can play into a low level of mental health.
As you can see, all of the above components contribute to a person’s mental health (or lack of it). Are you mentally healthy?
What is your level of mental health?
After reading this blog post, do you feel that you are a mentally healthy individual? If so, Disability Living really wants to hear from you. Leave a comment on this blog post and tell us why you feel you are mentally healthy and what you do to enhance and maintain your mental health. We appreciate your openness and honesty!
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Let’s Talk About It
What is your honest appraisal of your mental health? If you feel you are not mentally healthy, are you willing to discuss your concerns with a friend, doctor, or health professional?
Why do you feel you are/aren’t mentally healthy?