What is Mental Health?: An Introduction

Mental health is a key facet of our lives and critical to being successful

What is mental health?

Attitude towards mental health in India

Mental wellbeing has for long been a very taboo topic in India
Individuals coping with mental health troubles rarely get attention they deserve

Poor mental health is on the rise in India and the world

Mental health vs. mental illness

  • one’s self-image and awareness (how we view ourselves)
  • one’s emotions
  • one’s thoughts and feelings
  • one’s ability to solve problems and overcome difficulties
  • one’s social connections
  • one’s understanding of the world around
Various components of Mental Wellbeing
  • depression/mania
  • bipolar disorder
  • anxiety and panic
  • trauma
  • eating disorders
  • personality disorders
  • addiction to drugs or alcohol

Remember: Health is not an ON/OFF switch

Physical and Mental health are less like On/Off switches, and lie more on a range
Physical and Mental health are less like On/Off switches, and lie more on a range

In a nutshell

The Mental Health Pendulum

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