2. How is it related to general health?
According to the World Health Organization, ‘health is not merely the absence of disease’. It is ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being’. This means that mental health is an integral part of general health.
Mental Health can be conceptualized as a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.
Ill health or disease in any one or a combination of the four states of health. (i.e. Psychological, Social and Spiritual) can affect normal functioning of person in team of:
• Self-care , e.g. personal hygiene, food intake
• Work, Study… e.g.
• Developing and maintaining relationship with people…. e.g.
Conversely, well-being in the four states of health leads to ability to take care of self, capacity for effective and productive work or study and ability to develop and maintain healthy relationship with people.
Mental health too is not just the absence of mental disorder. It is also about mental wellbeing and the ability to take care of self, to work productively, to cope with normal stress of life, to develop and maintain healthy relationships with people, and to demonstrate healthy and positive behaviors.