Mental health is key to our well-being. We can’t be truly healthy without it.
It involves how we feel, think, act, and interact with the world around us.
Mental health is about realizing our potential, coping with the normal stresses of life, and making a contribution to our community.
It may be more helpful to think of good mental health as thriving.
Good mental health isn’t about avoiding problems or trying to achieve a “perfect” life. It’s about living well and feeling capable despite challenges.
Mental well-being is bigger than the presence or absence of a mental illness. People who live with a mental illness can and do thrive—just as people without a mental illness may experience poor mental health.
Each of our paths to mental well-being will be unique. We all have our own goals, our own challenges, our own talents, and our own supports.
But good mental health is in everyone’s reach.
- Build a healthy self-esteem
Self-esteem is more than just seeing your good qualities. It is being able to see all your abilities and weaknesses together, accepting them, and doing your best with what you have.
Self-esteem means recognizing your unique talents and abilities, and using that confidence to follow your goals and interests without comparing yourself to others.
- Build positive support networks
Good relationships take effort, whether it’s relationships with family members, friends, or other important supporters.
It takes courage to reach out and time to build trust.
But social support is a very important part of mental health. People in our networks can offer many different kinds of support, like emotional support, practical help, and alternate points of view.
Support can come from family and friends, neighbours, co-workers or classmates, faith communities, clubs, or support groups for specific problems.
- Get involved
Being involved in things that really matter to us provides a great feeling of purpose and satisfaction.
You make a difference, no matter how big or small your efforts.
Getting involved connects you with others in your community who share similar interests or values, and connects you to groups of people you might not normally meet.
It can help you learn new skills, build confidence, and see your own experiences in a different way.
- Build resiliency
Resiliency means coping well with problems, stress, and other difficult situations.
Problems and stress are a normal part of life. Situations like accidents or illness, unexpected life changes, and conflict happen to everyone.
Resiliency is what helps you look at the situation realistically, take action when you can make changes, let go of things you can’t change, and recognize the helpful supports in your life.