What is Mental Health?

Mental health and mental illness: what’s the difference?

Sometimes people use both of these terms as the same thing, but they’re definitely not. Here’s how to tell the difference between the two terms:

Mental illnesses are described as disturbances in thoughts, feelings, and perceptions that are severe enough to affect day-to-day functioning. Some examples are anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and mood disorders, such as major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder. 

Mental health and Wellness, however, is a state of well-being, and we all have it. Just like we each have a state of physical health, we also each have our mental health to look after.  It’s not just about surviving, it’s about thriving. It’s enjoying life, having a sense of purpose, and being able to manage life’s highs and lows.

To understand more about what mental health is really about, take a look at this article from the Canadian Mental Health Association – https://cmha.ca/blogs/mental-health-what-is-it-really 

For a similar article but from an American perspective, check out this one – https://www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/what-is-mental-health

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