October is mental health month.
“The aim of the campaign is to promote the importance of early intervention practices for positive mental health and wellbeing and reduce the stigma associated with mental health.”
To do my small bit, I’ll be unusually active this month posting my favourite articles on topics I feel are important to cultivating a greater understanding of our mental health.
So what actually is ‘mental health’? It’s a term familiar to everyone, but I often wonder whether this familiarity stops us from checking how well we actually understand the concept.
“Good mental health means more than the absence of symptoms. It means the ability to manage life competently and to deal in a reasonably robust way with the challenges it inevitably throws at us from time to time. It means being able to take satisfaction and pleasure in everyday life. This includes the range of feelings and thoughts we have in life, in response to what happens to us. It’s normal to feel sad, lonely, disappointed, or confused at times, for example. We all know these feelings. They are part of being human.”