Your mental health is an important part of how you function in your daily life. Positive mental health contributes to your overall wellbeing and is experienced when you can realise your own abilities, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and contribute to your community.
Your mental health is not just about the absence of mental illness. Mental health can be affected by numerous factors in daily life. Some days we can feel mentally well and others we may not feel as able to do the things we normally do. Chatting with friends and family, going to work/school or making a meal can become more difficult if you are experiencing mental health difficulties. It is important to look after your mental health on good days and on the days we do not feel as good, we reach out and ask for support.
There a number of actions we can take on a daily basis to help maintain and improve our mental health. The Five Ways to Wellbeing are evidenced based ways to maintain positive mental health – click here to find out more (Link to the Five Ways).
There might be times in your life when you feel you require further supports that what you are doing on your own. This might be a time to ask for support from a family member, friend or professional support from a doctor or psychiatrist.
”There is no health without mental health.Prince et. al.2007
”Health is created and lived by people within the settings of their everyday life; where they learn, work, play and love’.Ottawa Charter1986