What is mental health?

‘Mental health’ is defined as ‘a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional wellbeing’. Everybody has mental health in the same way that everyone has physical health.

Good mental health is characterised by a person’s ability to cope with everyday life, make the most of everyday life and play a fulfiling role alongside their family, friends and community.

People with good mental health are easily able to learn new things, feel emotions, express emotions, form relationships and cope with change and uncertainty

However, most people will find that they are not in good mental health all of the time: everyone has days when they feel down or stressed. Your mental health doesn’t stay constant and will change as you move through different stages of life.

Often these mental negative feelings will pass but, if they don’t, then mental health problems can develop.