First, let’s clarify what we mean by ‘good’ mental health.

Select here for a definition from the World Health Organization.

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First, let’s clarify what we mean by ‘good’ mental health.

Mental health is:

A state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community [4].

Select here for another definition from the Mental Health Foundation.

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First, let’s clarify what we mean by ‘good’ mental health.

Mental health is:

A state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community [4].

Another definition of mental health is:

The ability to learn, the ability to feel, express and manage a range of positive and negative emotions, the ability to form and maintain good relationships with others, the ability to cope with and manage change and uncertainty [5].

Characteristics such as having a positive attitude, being able to keep things in perspective, showing resilience when setbacks occur and being willing to ask for help when needed, are signs of good mental health.

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