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It is useful to recognise that 'mental health' and 'mental illness' are not the same thing. With our physical health we may feel unwell but this does not necessarily mean we have a serious illness, our mental health is no different. We all have our down days, get stressed or feel overwhelmed by what life has thrown at us - good mental health is not about feeling happy 100% of the time. We are allowed to not be able to cope sometimes. What is important is that we recognise when we need help, seek help and develop our coping mechanisms.
It is also important to recognise that as with our physical health, it is entirely possible to have poor mental health but not have an illness and it is possible to maintain good mental health when diagnosed with a mental illness.
What is Mental Health - Simplified
Mental Health is a vast subject encompasing physical sciences, medical sciences , psychology, philosophy, sociology and a plethora of popular movements such as mindfulness and wellbeing.
We will try and simplify the subject for you and cut though some of the ambiguous terminology.
To better understand Mental Health as a an individual, you really should have an understanding of your own mental health. This is about knowing yourself, your limits, your strengths and weaknesses.
Self-management can reduce the likelihood of developing mental illness or support you through treatment to recovery if you are diagnosed.