What is mental health?
When we think of mental health it can be sometimes a good comparison to first think of physical health and what that means to get a good gauge on what we mean when we say mental health. Physical health to me is how my physical body is health wise, am I in a healthy state or am I sick in some way. This can be a lot easier to pin point as we can tell pretty quickly where we have any aches or pains.
If we transfer this over to mental health and take it as “how I am mentally on a scale?” much like physical health. The only difference here is that it can be very normal to have good days and bad days and the scale might be more fluctuating.
Looking at the world health organization’s definition:
WHO (World health organization):
Mental health is an integral and essential component of health. The WHO constitution states: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." An important implication of this definition is that mental health is more than just the absence of mental disorders or disabilities.
Mental health is a state of well-being 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.
The best take away from this for me is that mental health is a state of well-being. We all have mental health the very same way we all have physical health. Some of us are very physically healthy the very same way that some people are mentally healthy. In this regard, mentally healthy would be having the abilities to cope with everyday life, all the good things that happen to us and all the bad things. Being able to bounce back after taking a knock in life. CBT or cognitive behavioural therapy would say that we can all learn these skills and techniques to help us cope better in life. Learning how to identify negative thoughts, learning how to become aware of bad behaviours.These are all the skills that one learns through CBT to better help people cope in life. Why not head over to our contact us page and send us an email and we would be more than happy to answer any questions.