‘Mental health is a positive concept that is sometimes misunderstood and used to refer to mental ill-health. However, mental health is a desirable quality in its own right.
It is about wellness rather than illness and relates to feeling resilient, enjoying life and being able to connect with others. Mental health’ is often used as a substitute for mental health conditions – such as depression, anxiety conditions, schizophrenia, and others. The Charter (lifeinmindaustralia.com.au) p012
According to the World Health Organization, however, mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises 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.
A continuum where mental health is at one end of the spectrum – represented by feeling good and functioning well – while mental health conditions (or mental illness) are at the other – represented by symptoms that affect people’s thoughts, feelings or behaviour. Beyond Blue What is Mental Health?« Back to Glossary Index