Lesson 6: Mental Health
Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder; it is the psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment. Mental health is not a state of blissful happiness twenty-four hours a day seven days a week; nobody has a life like that. Each of us at times feels sad, happy, anxious, afraid, etc.., being able to cope with these feelings, while handling the ordinary demands of life; this is what mental health is.
When we are mentally healthy, we maintain the ability to adapt and problem solve, our minds are flexible. A mentally healthy person can cope with change and deal with adversity and handle stress, they can deal with difficult situations when they arise. Say for instance you are late for work and your car won’t start; a mentally well person will think to maybe call a cab, or a friend, ride a bike, or maybe just stay home. They will be able to maintain their flexibility and problem solve. When someone is not mentally well they lose that flexibility and instead rely on the same problem solving strategies, or they may just run away from their problems all together.