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Mental health is 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 contribute to his or her community. Mental health is the foundation for wellbeing and is an integral part of overall health. Mental health is more than the absence of mental illness, it is intimately connected with physical health and behavior. Nearly 1 in 5 individuals in the US live with a mental illness. Mental health impacts families and communities and is a public health concern. Wellness is essential to living a full and productive life.
Positive mental health allows people to:
- Realize their full potential
- Cope with the stresses of life
- Work productively
- Make meaningful contributions to their communities
You can maintain positive mental health by:
- Getting professional help if you need it
- Connecting with others – try a weekly check-in
- Staying positive – read daily positive affirmation
- Getting physically active – take a walk during breaks
- Helping others – volunteer
- Getting enough sleep – drink a cup of tea or listen to soft music
- Developing coping skills and managing stress - Building Your Coping Toolbox | Mental Health America (mhanational.org)
World Health Organization
National Institute of Mental Health
Learn more at NIMH » Caring for Your Mental Health (nih.gov) or call the National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
If you or someone you care about is experiencing a suicidal crisis or emotional distress, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.