Tune into Mental Health

Four characteristics are generally present when a person is mentally healthy.1

  1. Positive affect or emotional state. Does the person smile during some parts of the day and feel happy?
  2. Positive psychological and social function. Does the person enjoy fulfilling relationships with other? Have friends? Feel good about him or herself?
  3. Engaging in productive activities. Does the person perform needed everyday tasks such as schoolwork and activities of daily living? Does the person engage in a balance of school/work, play/leisure, and rest/sleep activities?
  4. Coping with life stressors and demonstrating resilience when challenged. Does the person bounce back following a challenge and learn from the experience? Has the person learned strategies for maintaining mental health (e.g. engaging in enjoyable activities, relaxation strategies, exercise, healthy diet).

Tune into Mental Health

1 WHO (World Health Organization). (2001). Mental health: new understanding, new hope. The world health report. WHO, Geneva.