What is Mental Health?
Mental health is a state of well-being – It includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
Ultimately, mental health is about being cognitively, emotionally and socially healthy – the way we think, feel and develop relationships.
No matter how old we are, whether female or male, whether rich or poor, we may all potentially at some point in our life suffer from some form of mental health illness. A mental health illness should be perceived and treated as any other medical condition.
Unfortunately, mental health conditions are not yet given the importance they merit and are at times not taken seriously. If not treated, mental illness may make daily life hard to handle. However, when diagnosed by experts, a mental illness may be treated and the affected individual may get his/her life back on track.
Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of! It is a medical condition like any other and is treatable. For information on some types of mental illness, you may access the Richmond Foundation website here.
For people who have attempted suicide at least 6 months prior as well as those bereaved by suicide can contact VSM SPOT here.