Being mentally healthy does not necessarily mean the same thing as having no mental illness. That is to say that people with a diagnosed mental illness can do the work to be mentally healthy, just like someone without a diagnosed mental illness can have something affecting their psychological health and be mentally unwell.
Mental Health is:
- Having a balance between the various aspects of life: social, physical, spiritual, economic, emotional, and psychological. Being healthy allows us to do what we want, to achieve our potential, and to be able to cope with life’s challenges.
- An integral part of an individual's wellbeing and essential to their survival. It influences behaviour, perception, how you think, how you communicate, and how you understand the world around you.
- A result of a person's circumstances, the life events they are going through, and their own values.
- Something that affects everybody, because all of us may go through times when we feel more fragile or depressed, whether it's because of a specific event in life, or simply because the everyday grind is harder to bear than usual.
Talking About Mental Health Means Talking About:
- A person's daily life and how they are affected by it (work, school, friendship, love, etc.).
- How people think about themselves (like their self-image or self-esteem).
- Their psychological distress over a given period (like during a significant life transition, experiencing heartache, or going through a stressful phase in life).
- If they have been diagnosed with a mental illness or personality disorder (for example, are they living with depression or bipolar disorder).
- The importance of, and the right a person gives themselves, to not feel okay and that they might need to seek help.
Taking Care of Your Mental Health Daily Means:
- Having a balanced lifestyle (which includes, sleeping well, being physically active, etc.).
- Nurturing relationships, especially with loved ones.
- To allow yourself to feel pleasure, to laugh, to feel like we belong to a group.
- Allowing time for hobbies and pastimes.
- Taking the time to rest.
- Asking for help when we need it.
Sources:Mouvement santé mentale Québec