WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH?
Mental health refers to our state of well-being and ability to cope with life’s ups and downs while being able to contribute to our community.
The World Health Organization (WHO) define mental health as “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”
We at MHAS fully believe that our mental health is just as much a part of us as our physical health is. When we don’t feel positive, it is just as serious as getting the flu.
It is normal to feel sad from time to time when things happen to us.
Our mental health can be affected by a number of different triggers.
- Biological factors (genes or brain chemistry)
- Harmful life experiences (trauma or abuse)
- Family history of mental health disorders
Don’t believe the myths – know your facts!
Myth – “Only crazy people have mental health problems.”
Maybe you’ve heard someone say something like this or even believed it yourself.
Suffering from a mental health problem is actually a lot more common than you think. One in four people will experience an issue that makes them feel unable to live life like normal.
And untreated mental health problems can lead to suicide.
Myth – “People with mental health issues are scary and violent – they will try to hurt me”
Most people with mental health problems are not more likely to hurt someone else compared to anyone else. In fact, victims of violent crime are 10 times more likely to be people with severe mental health problems.
You likely know someone with a mental health disorder but won’t know it. This is because many people suffering from these issues are very productive members of the community.
Myth – “There is no hope for people with mental health problems”
As common as mental health problems are, you can get help. Many recover completely from their issues.
If you feel you might have a mental health problem or know someone who is experiencing issues,
Myth – “People should just stop feeling sad”
Many people with mental health problems are doing their best to improve their well-being. But symptoms can continue.
The severity of these difficulties can affect our thoughts and moods to such a degree that we feel like we can’t carry on in our lives.
It’s not as simple as shaking off the blues.
Myth – “Children can’t get mental health problems”
Mental health issues exist at all ages. Ignoring the signs in young children doesn’t make it disappear. Half of all mental health disorders show signs in a child’s early teen years.
But only 20% of children and adolescents receive support and treatment they need.