What is good mental health?

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What is Mental Health? Just like physical health we need good mental health to enjoy a happy, fulfulling and productive life. Our mental health encompasses emotional, psychological, and social well being.

Good mental health determines how we act, feel and think. It also determines how we handle stress, relate to others and make healthy choices in life.

There are many reasons why someone can develop mental health problems. These can include childhood abuse, trauma, neglect, social isolation, loneliness, discrimination and stigma, social disadvantage, poverty or debt.

It is important to recognise the signs of when somebody is struggling with their mental health and may be developing a mental health problem because there is a lot of help out there and it is possible to recover from even the most serious mental health problems.

Maintaining good mental health is an ongoing process throughout our lives. Remaining connected with other people, keeping physically active, living a fulfilling and purposeful life are all ways of maintaining good mental health.

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