Tune into Mental Health
Four characteristics are generally present when a person is mentally healthy.1
- Positive affect or emotional state. Does the person smile during some parts of the day and feel happy?
- Positive psychological and social function. Does the person enjoy fulfilling relationships with other? Have friends? Feel good about him or herself?
- Engaging in productive activities. Does the person perform needed everyday tasks such as schoolwork and activities of daily living? Does the person engage in a balance of school/work, play/leisure, and rest/sleep activities?
- Coping with life stressors and demonstrating resilience when challenged. Does the person bounce back following a challenge and learn from the experience? Has the person learned strategies for maintaining mental health (e.g. engaging in enjoyable activities, relaxation strategies, exercise, healthy diet).
1 WHO (World Health Organization). (2001). Mental health: new understanding, new hope. The world health report. WHO, Geneva.