What is positive mental health?
Mental health is more than the absence of mental illness. Positive mental health is a state of well-being that allows us to enjoy our lives and can help children and youth weather the normal ups and downs of life. Positive mental health includes a variety of components of well-being, including:
Sense of purpose in life
Positive psychological coping and adaptation
Social and emotion competencies
Positive relationships and attitudes
Good mental health is also not static — it changes over time depending on what is happening in our lives. That is why, just like our physical health, we must work at it.