Who should care about Mental Health?
Promoting positive mental health is everybody’s business!
Everyone should care about mental health because people who are mentally healthy and feel happy demonstrate greater degrees of everyday functioning1, healthy behaviors2, and perceived good health3. Completely mentally healthy individuals function better in everyday life reporting fewer sick days and chronic physical conditions, lower health care use, and higher levels of psychosocial functioning1. Children and youth who experience positive mental health and well-being function better during academic and non-academic times of the school day.
1 Keyes, C. L. M. (2002). The mental health continuum: From languishing to flourishing in life. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 43, 207-222.
2 Rasciute, S., Downward, P. (2010). Health or Happiness? What Is the Impact of Physical Activity on the Individual? Kyklos 63 (2), 256–270.
3 Sabatini, F. (2011). The relationship between happiness and health: evidence from Italy. MPRA: Munich Personal RePEc Archive, 1-23.