What is Mental Health Well-Being?
In the past years, the mental health field has focused mainly on mental illness. It is only as the field has matured has it begun to respond to intensifying interest and concerns about disease prevention and health promotion.
Mental Health refers to a broad array of activities directly or indirectly related to the mental well-being component included in the World Health Organization’s definition of health: “A state of complete 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. Mental health is not just the absence of mental disorder. It is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes 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.
Mental Health is how a person feels, thinks and acts in life. It is the capacity to think rationally and logically and to cope with the transitions, stresses, traumas and losses that occur in all lives, in ways that allow emotional stability and growth.