What is mental health? 

Mental health is about wellness rather than illness. 

According to the World Health Organization, mental health is a “state of physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease”. It is related to the promotion of well-being, the prevention of mental disorders, and the treatment and rehabilitation of people affected by mental disorders.

It is about being cognitively, emotionally and socially healthy – the way we think, feel and develop relationships with ourselves, and others. 

I in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year.

Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood and behavior would be affected. There are several factors that contribute to mental health problems, including:

  • Biological factors (e.g., genes or brain chemistry)
  • Life experiences (e.g., trauma or abuse)
  • Family history of mental health problems

The importance of mental wellness

High levels of mental health are associated with increased learning, creativity and productivity, positive social relationships and improved physical health and life expectancy.

In comparison, poor mental health conditions can cause distress impact day-to-day functioning and relationships, and are associated with negative social outcomes, poor physical health and premature death from suicide.

The Mind Faculty believes that everyone deserves to be mentally WELL.

We want to help you instill positive mental health practices, and make a commitment to mental, physical and emotional health. We want everyone to realize their full potential and make meaningful contributions to their communities.

If you feel that you may be experiencing any mental health issues, remember they are treatable conditions and effective treatments are available. The earlier you seek support, the better.

 

Source: Beyond Blue, World Health Organization