All children and adults need to learn how to develop and take care of their mental health in order to feel good emotionally, do well in everyday activities, and cope with challenges.1 Being mentally healthy helps us to manage our lives successfully.
Be able to recognize Signs of mental 'health'. Four characteristics are generally present when a person is mentally healthy.2
As you interact with children and youth throughout the day, tune into their mental health!
Also, remember that mental health is a dynamic state of functioning and is influenced by situational stressors (big and small), such as, being bullied, losing a loved one, parental divorce, etc. Tune into situations that may place a young person at risk for not feeling good emotionally or doing well functionally. Refer to Tier 2 strategies.
1 Jane-Llopis, E., Barry, M., Hosman, C., & Patel, V. (2005). Mental health promotion works: A review. Promotion and Education Supplement, 2, 9-25.
2 WHO (World Health Organization). (2001). Mental health: new understanding, new hope. The world health report. WHO, Geneva