The meaning of mental health
The World Health Organization explains that mental health is a vital part of overall human health and so much beyond the absence of a mental disorder. Mental health refers to an individual’s cognitive, behavioural and emotional well-being as a whole.
Our way of thinking, feeling, and behaving are integral to mental health. We, as individuals, are unique, as are our functioning and coping mechanisms. A person’s upbringing, past experiences, and present life situations influence and evolve them. There is no single way to understand an individual’s mental health and well-being as there are several factors which contribute to the same.
World Mental Health Day 2020
Mental health for everybody
On October 10, when the world celebrates every human’s mental well-being, let’s stop everything for a minute and focus on ourselves. Ask yourself:
“How much do I care for my mental well-being?”
“Can I identify another’s distress?”
“Will I be able to lend an empathetic ear to one who needs so?”
“Can I influence a dear one to seek help instead of continuing to struggle with their emotional turmoil?”
Ms Rakhi N Gopan, Consultant Counselling Psychologist, RxDx CHANDY, Siddapura
Ms Anindita Choudhury, Consultant Content Specialist, RxDx