The WHO defines Mental Health as:
“A state of well-being in which an individual realizes his/her own abilities can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
The WHO also further stresses that mental health is not just the absence of mental disorders or disabilities. Having perfect mental health is about consistently looking after one’s wellness and happiness and avoiding active conditions.
There is also an emphasis that maintaining and restoring one’s mental health is crucial in functioning adequately throughout the world’s different communities and societies. In the United States, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMH) estimates 1 in 5 adults to experience mental health issues annually.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), about 11.2 million adults in the U.S. experienced severe psychological conditions in 2017.