Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
North Wales Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
Your Mental Health /
Building your Resilience
What is Mental Health?
Mental Health Means a Healthy Mind!
Being mentally healthy doesn’t mean that you don’t have a mental health problem. If you are mentally healthy you can:
Some people call mental health ‘emotional health’ or ‘wellbeing’ and it’s just as important as good physical health.
In fact the World Health Organisation states ‘Mental health is an integral part of health: indeed, there is no health without mental health!’
‘Mental health is a state of wellbeing in which an individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stress of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. In this positive sense, mental health is the foundation for the individual well-being and the effective functioning of a community’. (WHO – World Health Organisation)
However, there is stigma attached to mental health problems. This means that people feel uncomfortable about them and don’t talk about them much. Many people don’t even feel comfortable talking about their feelings and keep them hidden. Young people often say they feel invisible because people can’t see how they are really feeling. But it’s healthy to know and be able to say how you’re feeling.
Don’t feel invisible, find your voice and talk to someone!!
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