World Mental Health Day: What Is Mental Health?

“I’m working on me.” Have you ever heard that phrase? It’s important. Some people refer to mental health as “well-being” or “emotional health.” No matter how you slice it, it is just as vital is one’s physical health. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. Our mental health determines how we think, feel and act. Throughout our lives, how we handle stress, relate to others and make decisions are also determined by mental health.

Mental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.

Still, there’s a stigma attached to issues with mental health. This means that people feel uncomfortable about them and don’t talk about them much. Many people don’t even feel comfortable talking about their feelings. But it’s healthy to know and say how you’re feeling.

Positive mental health allows people to:

  • Realize their full potential
  • Cope with the stresses of life
  • Work productively
  • Make meaningful contributions to their communities

Ways to maintain positive mental health include:

  • Getting professional help if you need it
  • Connecting with others
  • Staying positive
  • Getting physically active
  • Helping others
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Developing coping skills

If you’re in good mental health, you can:

  • make the most of your potential
  • cope with life
  • play a full part in your family, workplace, community and among friends.
  • Some people call mental health ‘emotional health’ or ‘well-being’ and it’s just as important as good physical health.

Mental health is everyone’s business. We all have times when we feel down or stressed or frightened. Most of the time those feelings pass. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us. Everyone is different. You may bounce back from a setback while someone else may feel weighed down by it for a long time.

Your mental health doesn’t always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages of your life.

Information for this Metrolink Matters blog was sourced from the World Health Organization and mentalhealth.gov.

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