Good & bad mental health

Mental health is not about not having a mental illness. It is about being able to cope with day-to-day life stresses, get involved in your community and live your life in a free and happy way. Your mental health affects how you think, feel and act so that you can control how you react, connect to others, and make choices. It is just as important as your physical health. Sometimes your mental health can be good and sometimes it can be bad.

It is usual for your mood to change within one day or every few days, depending on what is happening at the time. You may be very happy if you do well at school and feel very sad if your soccer team loses, for example.

If you have “good” mental health it means that you have found a way to balance the different areas of your life and have good ways to cope with life.

You will:
  • Feel positive about yourself, your life and future
  • Do better at school
  • Take an interest in activities
  • Feel able to cope in life
  • Have people in your life that you care for and who care about you
  • Feel that your life is valuable and worthwhile
  • Feel calm, peaceful and take better care of your body
  • Be resilient

If you have “bad” mental health it means that your bad feelings, thoughts and actions are interfering with your daily life and behaviours. You may do things like not get enough sleep, not go to school, fight in your relationships and do risky things (like having unprotected sex). Bad mental health works on a scale, from having a “bad day”, to being stressed, to being so overwhelmed that you cannot live everyday life. You may even have a mental illness (an illness of the brain) and need help from a psychologist or a doctor.

Add a Comment/Question
You need to be signed in to add a comment or like an article.