What is mental health?

Mental health refers to your emotional and psychological well-being. Having good mental health helps
you lead a relatively happy and healthy life. It helps you demonstrate resilience and the ability to cope in
the face of life’s adversities. It is the responsibility of your home, workplace or institution to have empathy
and kindness for those dealing with any forms of Mental Health Issues.

Your mental health can be influenced by a variety of factors, including life events or even your genetics.

There are many strategies that can help you establish and keep good mental health. These can include:

  •  keeping a positive attitude
  • staying physically active
  • helping other people
  • getting enough sleep
  • eating a healthy diet
  • asking for professional help with your mental health if you need it
  • socializing with people whom you enjoy spending time with
  • forming and using effective coping skills to deal with your problems

What is mental illness?

A mental illness is a broad term which encompasses a wide variety of conditions which affect the way you
feel and think. It can also affect your ability to get through day-to-day life.

Mental illnesses can be influenced by several different factors, including:

  • genetics
  • environment
  • daily habits
  • biology

Although mental illnesses are common, they vary in severity. According to a statistic based on American studies, about one in 25 adults experience a serious mental illness (SMI) each year. This number could be reflected in our local regions as well. A SMI can significantly reduce your ability to carry out daily life. Different groups of people experience SMIs at different rates.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health in the United States, women are more likely to experience SMI than men. Those ages 18 to 25 are most likely to experience an SMI. People with a mixed-race background are also more likely to experience an SMI than people of other ethnicities.
The symptoms of many mental illnesses may get worse if they’re left untreated. Reach out for psychological help if you or someone you know may have a mental illness.
A combination of any of the aforementioned symptoms could reflect to a Serious Mental Illness. Since it is difficult and often unwise to self-diagnose, it is important to visit your primary care doctor if you feel that your mental health is debilitating your daily life. They can help with the initial diagnosis and provide a referral to a psychiatrist.

It’s important to know that you can still have a full and happy life with a mental illness. Working with a therapist and
other members of your mental health team will help you learn healthy ways to manage your condition.

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