General Article What is mental health and mental illness?

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We often talk about mental health and mental illness. But what do we mean by mental health and emotional well-being and what can you do to look after your own mental health?

 

 

What do we mean by mental health?

There is often a lot of confusion about what we mean when we talk about mental health. Many people immediately start thinking about mental health problems or mental illness – but this is only one part of the picture...

Everyone has ‘mental health’ and this can be thought of in terms of:

  • how we feel about ourselves and the people around us
  • our ability to make and keep friends and relationships
  • our ability to learn from others and to develop psychologically and emotionally.

Being mentally healthy is also abo

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