What is positive mental health?

The World Health Organization defines positive mental health as   “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own  abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work  productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or  her community”.

 So positive mental health includes:

  • having a sense of being in charge of your life and personal choices;
  • being capable of handling the difficulties and pressures of life;
  • having good mental health, such as being able to concentrate at work;
  • having a positive outlook on life’s events; this entails holding up hope that favorable events can, will, and do occur in your life;
  • having a sound physical condition;
  • getting enough sleep;
  • getting a sense of community.

You can deal with issues and obstacles more readily when you have good mental health. This is called resilience.

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